RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive)

Thanks to the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, you could get quarterly cash payments over seven years if you install - or have previously installed - an eligible renewable heating technology.

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a government-backed scheme that was set up to encourage uptake of renewable heat technologies amongst householders, communities, and businesses via financial incentives. It is the first of its kind worldwide and the British Government expects the RHI to contribute towards their 2020 ambition of 12% of heating coming from renewable sources.

Domestic and Commercial Application

In 2012, the first phase of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) was launched to support the UK’s non-domestic sector. The domestic RHI was then launched in April 2014 and provides seven years of financial support to the owner of a renewable heating system . The scheme is targeted at - but not limited to - off-gas households and covers  Scotland, England, and Wales.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) makes the key policy decisions, while the energy regulator Ofgem E-Serve administers the scheme.

RHI cash payments are issued quarterly over seven years. The amount you receive depends on a number of factors including:

  • The technology you install
  • The latest tariffs available for each technology
  • Metering in some cases

Eligible Technologies

  • Ground to water heat pumps
  • Air to water heat pumps
  • Biomass boilers fuelled by wood
  • Biomass pellet stoves with integrated boilers for space heating
  • Solar thermal panels (evacuated tube or flat plate only) that provide hot water

Unfortunately, air to air heat pumps, pellet stoves without back boilers, all log stoves, and hybrid PVT are not supported by the RHI scheme.

Can I Apply for RHI?

  • Provided you meet eligibility criteria: self-builders, owner-occupiers, private landlords, and registered providers of Social Housing who have installed an eligible technology since 15th July 2009 can apply for RHI support.
  • Single domestic dwellings are covered by RHI.
  • RHI assistance is not available to new build properties (except self-build projects).

Contact Devine Energy to see if you are eligible for support from the Renewable Heat Incentive.