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Renewable Heat Incentive

(England, Scotland & Wales).



The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a Government scheme which provides very beneficial financial support to businesses and individuals who install biomass heating.

If you are a commercial operator or are looking to heat more than one domestic property with a single biomass boiler, you will probably be eligible to receive the new RHI payments.

The RHI is a Government scheme administered by Ofgem, a total of £860 million has been set aside to fund the scheme with the aim of reducing carbon emissions in the UK by 44 million tonnes by 2020.

The scheme guarantees regular ‘tariff’ payments for 20 years based on the amount of renewable heat generated by the biomass boiler. Once an installation has been approved the tariff rate will be fixed and will be adjusted annually in line with inflation.

RHI Tariff

Once an installation has been approved the tariff rate will be fixed payments will be made on a quarterly basis by the scheme’s administrator, OFGEM. Payments will be calculated by multiplying the actual metered heat output of the technology over that quarter with the designated tariff. Payments will be adjusted annually in line with inflation.

Heat Meter

Further information on the RHI Scheme, follow the link below.


The following OFGEM publications can provide further information:

PDF; RHI_guidance_document_Vol_one

PDF: RHI_guidance_document_Vol_Two

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive

The domestic RHI is a financial support scheme for renewable heat, targeted at, but not limited to, off gas grid households. The support will be paid at a set rate per unit of renewable heat produced (kilowatt hour or kWh), for seven years, to the owner of the heating system. The scheme will support air source heat pumps (ASHP), biomass systems, ground source heat pumps (GSHP) and solar thermal technologies. All installations must be certified under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme and meet relevant required standards for each technology, including limits on harmful emissions for biomass systems

Further details on each technology and technologies eligible follow the link below.


The following OFGEM publications can provide further information:

PDF: Domestic_RHI_Policy_statement

Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Incentive

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a government environmental programme that provides financial incentives to increase the uptake of renewable heat. It provides subsidies to eligible, non-domestic renewable heat generators and producers of biomethane based in the UK and Northern Ireland, payable for the life of the installation or up to a maximum of 20 years. The Northern Ireland RHI (NIRHI) policy and tariff rates are set by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI). We administer this scheme on behalf of DETI.

The below are links that provides the tariff and information for the period from the start of the RHI up to the 31 March 2013, and the adjusted tariff for the year from 1 April 2013. Heat generated and used for eligible purposes will be paid the 2012-13 tariff up to 31 March, and from 1 April 2013 the new tariff will automatically be applied on the RHI Register


Renewable Heat Premium Payment

The Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme is designed to help domestic householders afford alternative renewable technologies that can heat their home and provide hot water. If your property is suitable, you can apply for funding from the scheme.

How it works

If you qualify, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) will provide you with a voucher. Once you have had one of the following renewable technologies installed in your property, this voucher can then be exchanged for grant money.

  • Air source heat pumps
  • Biomass-fueled boilers
  • Ground source or water source heat pumps
  • Solar thermal hot water

Air to air heat pumps, wood fueled stoves (unless they are part of a system with a back boiler) and bioliquid fuelled systems are not eligible for this scheme. More information on each of these technologies and advice on which technology would best suit your home can be found at the following links


http://www.detini.gov.uk/deti-energy- index/northern_ireland_renewable_heat_premium_payment_scheme_.htm

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