Renewable Heat Incentive
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a financial incentive from the government to promote the use of renewable heating solutions in your home. By switching to a heating system that will use naturally replenished energy you can help with the goal of the UK to reduce its carbon emissions and footprint, whilst also receiving payments for doing so.
The scheme is available for households who are both off and also on the mains gas grid, although those without mains gas have the most potential to save on fuel bills and decrease their carbon emissions.
Do I qualify for the RHI?
The Domestic RHI scheme is for renewable energy
heating systems fitted to a single home dwelling. The first step
is to check that the heating system will be fitted to a property
capable of getting a domestic Energy Performance
Certificate (EPC). This EPC is the proof needed to
prove that your property is assessed as a domestic "dwelling".
Without obtaining this you can’t apply and therefore you won’t be able to join
Depending on meeting the eligibility criteria anyone can apply. That includes people that own the homes they live in, private and registered social landlords and also self home builders.
Types of applicable heating systems
The types of renewable heating system eligible for the Domestic RHI are:
Biomass and heat pump systems must provide space heating (heating rooms in a house) or space and water heating. Under the scheme rules, they have to heat the home using a "wet" central heating system like radiators.
Also hot water doesn’t include water used to heat a swimming pool or any use which is not domestic hot water heating.
To find out the current payment please visit the Ofgem website
Applying for the RHI scheme
Because renewable heating systems work best
in a well insulated home, the Domestic RHI works
alongside the Green Deal. This is a government backed
initiative to help people make their homes more
Before applying to the Domestic RHI, you must first:
Ensure you have the right products
It’s not enough just to have one of the types of renewable heating systems that are eligible for the scheme. The make and model must also meet specific technical requirements. Check your specific product is in the Product eligibility list on the Ofgem website.