Renewable Heat Incentive

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is designed to provide financial support that encourages individuals, communities and businesses to switch from using fossil fuel for heating, to renewables such as wood fuel.

If you replace your existing fossil fuel heating system (e.g. gas, oil or coal) with a renewable technology (e.g. wood fuel) you could get paid a set amount each year as an incentive for you to reduce your CO2 emissions and help prevent climate change.

Phase 1 of the RHI began in 2011 and was aimed at providing payments to industry, businesses and public sector organisations. Phase 2 which commenced in April 2014 sees the launch of the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive and is open to homeowners, private landlords, social landlords and self-builders. It will be open to anyone in these groups who installed an eligible technology since 15 July 2009, provided they met the scheme’s criteria.

The Government are not proposing to measure the heat generated from installations. Instead, an estimated figure will be used to work out payments. The estimated figure represents the amount of heat energy needed to warm the home and/or hot water and will vary by house age and size, as well as by technology. It is proposed that payments would be made annually to householders.

Eligible technologies are:

•    Air, water and ground-source heat pumps,

•    Solar thermal,

•    Biomass boilers,

•    Renewable combined heat and power,

•    Use of biogas and bioliquids,

•    Injection of biomethane into the natural gas grid

Current Domestic RHI Tariff Rates

The below tariffs are from the Ofgem website and these will set the rate for your Domestic RHI payments:

Switching to a renewable heating system will not only reduce carbon emissions, but will help save you money on fuel bills. For more information please contact our Renewables team on 01747 858036 to see if you qualify for the scheme.