Renewable Heat Incentive - RHI


In April 2014 the Government launched the Domestic RHI tariff for biomass at 12.2 pence per kW.

What is the Renewable Heat Incentive

The Renewable Heat Incentive is being implemented by the government to try and encourage individual and businesses to reduce the carbon emissions that Great Britain is currently producing. 

 The RHI is the world's first long term financial support programme for renewable heat and is the main scheme of the Government's heat strategy.

 The RHI pays participants of the scheme that generate and use renewable energy to heat their buildings.

The RHI scheme will give financial support for an eligible renewable heating system that heats a single domestic property in Great Britain.  Payments will go to the owner of the heating system.

 The Domestic RHI was launched in April 2014.

 Primarily aimed at homes off the gas grid, the scheme aims to support around 750,000 renewable heat installations by 2020.  There is however, no requirement for applicants to be off-gas grid.

Owners of all eligible renewable heating systems installed on or after 15 July 2009 will be able to apply.


Other benefits along with RHI Tariff include:

Receive money back for installing and running a biomass system. 
Annual fuel savings from £1,000 to £6,000 (depending on property and fuel).
Renewable, sustainable fuel.
Reduced dependency on traditional fuels such as gas and electricity.
Automation of appliances.


Who can apply?

Administered by Ofgem, the scheme covers single domestic dwellings: owner/occupiers, private landlords, Registered social Landlords (RSLs) and self-builds.

New properties other than self-build will be ineligible.


What is required to apply for the domestic RHI?

Applicants are required to complete a Green Deal Assessment (GDA before applying for RHI  to ensure they meet the minimum energy efficiency requirements of loft and cavity insulation where required by the GDA.

Once all requirements are met an updated Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) will be issued for your home.

An MCS Approved Product must be fitted and commissioned by an MCS Approved Installer.


For further information regarding RHI payments contact Ofgem on how to apply to the domestic and non domestic RHI schemes.