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Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) 


What is the RHI Scheme about?
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a UK Government scheme set up to encourage uptake of renewable heat technologies among householders, communities and businesses through the provision of financial incentives. The RHI pays participants of the scheme that generate and use renewable energy to heat their buildings. They are paid on a quarterly basis and are index-linked for inflation.


Domestic - Any consumer who replaces their current heating, or who has installed any eligible technology since the 15th July 2009, will be eligible for the RHI. Recipients of RHPP payments will also be eligible. Biomass systems must provide space heating (rooms in a house) or space and water heating. Space heating must be delivered by a liquid medium, such as a radiator. Hot water heating is for domestic purposes only. The RHI payments are based on your property’s most recent annual estimated heat use. Payments will be made in arrears for a period of 7 years. Installations must be MCS certified and meet all the required standards. Consumers must also have installed measures identified with a green tick in their Green Deal assessment. 

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Non-Domestic – Eligible sectors include: industrial and the commercial sector; the public sector; not-for-profit organisations and communities. Only new equipment is eligible for the RHI; converted installations are not. However new systems replacing existing renewable installations will qualify. The heat cannot be wasted and must be used for a prescribed purpose; space, water or process heating. Each eligible installation has to be registered by the energy regulator Ofgem.

To apply for the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive you need to complete an application form on the Non-Domestic RHI Register which has to be supported with documents and evidence. All submitted applications are subject to a review process to determine whether they satisfy the eligibility criteria for the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. Ofgem will aim to accredit your installation within 6

weeks of a completed application being submitted. If Ofgem has queries on information provided, RHI accreditation may be delayed whilst Ofgem await satisfactory information from the applicant.

Payments are made for a period of 20 years based on the eligible heat output of the installation. Payments will begin to accrue from the date of accreditation of the installation. Payment = Tariff level x Heat generated by RHI installation

Find out how much you could earn using the RHI payment calculator:

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