Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

The RHI scheme pays a tariff for eligible properties on a quarterly basis for a seven year period as an incentive for the clean, green renewable heat their heating system produces. It is administered by Ofgem, the UK’s gas and electricity regulator.

There are four renewable energy heating systems that are eligible for the domestic RHI

  • Biomass only boilers and pellet stoves
  • Air source heat pumps
  • Ground source heat pumps
  • Flat plate and evacuated tube solar thermal panels

In order to apply for the domestic RHI you will need to submit either a Green Deal Report or a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) that is no more than 2 years old.

There is a wealth of information to absorb regarding the domestic RHI and at York EPC we are able to give you an overview of the key points to help you decide on eligible technology and can furnish you with the energy reports you need in order to apply. As a starting point we would recommend that you visit the domestic RHI pages on the Ofgem website, which covers the scheme in great detail.

Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

The Non-Domestic (RHI) is a Government environmental programme, administered by Ofgem that provides financial incentives to increase the uptake of renewable heat. For the non-domestic sector broadly speaking it provides a subsidy, payable for 20 years, to eligible, non-domestic renewable heat generators.

The Non-Domestic RHI is open to the non-domestic sector including industrial, commercial, public sector and not-for-profit organisations with eligible installations. A ‘non-domestic’ installation is a renewable heat unit that supplies large-scale industrial heating to small community heating projects.

This includes for example small businesses, hospitals and schools as well as district heating schemes such as where one boiler serves multiple homes.

There are six renewable energy heating systems that are eligible for the domestic RHI

  • Solid Biomass
  • Biogas below 200kWth
  • Ground and Water Source Heat pumps
  • Geothermal
  • Solar collectors
  • Energy from Waste

Like the domestic RHI there is a lot of detail to get to grips with and a visit to the non-domestic RHI pages on the Ofgem website is a good starting point.