Renewable Heat Incentive
Renewable Heat Incentive

Renewable Heat Incentive

The domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is designed to stimulate demand for renewable heat technologies in homes across Great Britain – and is expected to open in spring 2014.

Until 31 March 2014, the Renewable Heat Premium Payment voucher scheme for households is available, providing a one-off payment of £1,300 for installing air-source-heat pumps and £600 for solar thermal systems.

RHI tariff payments

The domestic RHI scheme will pay system owners a tariff of payments, depending on the technologies they adopt. The tariff for all technologies is as follows:

ASHP GSHP Biomass boilers Solar thermal panels
7.3p/kWh 18.8p/kWh 12.2p/kWh 19.2p/kWh 

Tariffs will change annually in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI). Note that only one technology can be installed for heating purposes (AWHP, GSHP or Biomass) plus solar thermal for hot water.

Renewable Heat Incentive eligibility

The Renewable Heat Incentive is available to:

  • Homeowners
  • Private and social landlords
  • People who build their own homes
  • Third party owners of heating systems within single domestic dwellings.
  • Anyone who has installed a renewable heat technology since 15 July 2009 and meets the scheme eligibility criteria

RHI Scheme requirements

  • All installations and installers must be MCS certified
  • MCS certified installers must be members of the Renewable Energy Consumer Code, which is backed by the Trading Standards Institute
  • Applicants must complete a Green Deal Assessment before submitting their application
  • Get loft or cavity wall insulation if recommended in your Green Deal Advice Report
  • Heat pump systems must have a minimum performance factor (SPF) of 2.5 – in line with the RES Directive
  • Other requirements also apply, such as metering for bivalent systems and ensuring that the system is meter ready.