North East Based Renewable Energy Specialists
  • Renewable Heat Incentive - RHI

    The RHI scheme falls into two phases the non-domestic RHI and the domestic RHI schemes:

    • Phase 1: the introduction of the RHI for non-domestic installations in the industrial, business and public sectors.

    • Phase 2: the domestic element of the RHI, was launched on 9th April 2014.


    The Non-Domestic RHI Scheme supports renewable heat installations in business, industry and the public sector as well as district heating schemes. It has been open for applications since November 2011.
    The Non-Domestic RHI Scheme currently supports the following technologies:
    • biomass
    • heat pumps - ground source, water source and deep geothermal
    • all solar thermal collectors
    • bio-methane and biogas
    RHI payments are made to the owner of the heat installation over a 20 year period and tariff levels have been calculated to bridge the financial gap between the cost of conventional and renewable heat systems. The scheme is administered by Ofgem.

    • The domestic RHI provides financial incentives to owners of eligible, renewable heating systems on their homes. It supports air source heat pumps (ASHP), biomass systems, ground source heat pumps (GSHP) and solar thermal technologies with tariffs varying depending on the technology.
    • The domestic RHI is open to owner occupiers, private landlords, Registered Providers of Social Housing and self-builders who have installed an eligible technology since 15th July 2009, provided they meet the scheme criteria.
    • Successful applicants will receive quarterly payments for seven years. Any public grants previously received, including the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP), will be deducted to avoid a double subsidy.
    • The scheme covers England, Wales and Scotland only.
    • Ofgem is responsible for administering the scheme which opened in Spring 2014. Find out about eligibility criteria and the application process by visiting Ofgem.


    Last updated April 2014
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