Advice on Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

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The Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHIs) aims provides householders, communities and small businesses with the opportunity to achieve shorter paybacks from investments into renewable energy resouces on domestic, community and business buildings, whilst reducing their monthly energy bills.


The proposed scheme will provide a payment to subsidise the cost of installing a range of renewable heat-generating technologies on buildings. The scheme will reduce the payback period for the household, community or business, whilst they will also benefit from reduced energy bills for heating where they are able to generate their own heat.


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The RHI scheme is being introduced in separate schemes for Domestic buildings and Non-Domestic buildings.


1 - Non-Domestic RHI - Open from November 2011

The Non-Domestic RHI scheme is currently open to businesses, industry, the public sector, not-for-profit organisations, and district heating schemes, which can include community buildings and schools.... checking for info.


The following renewable heat technologies are currently supported by the RHI:

  • Biomass
  • Heat pumps
  • Solar thermal collectors
  • Bio-methane and biogas

Please note, DECC currently has a consultation in process to look at expanding the technologies which are eligible under the RHI scheme. Please find further details on the DECC website.


Depending on the size and type of technology you are installing, to receive the RHI you may need to ensure the technology and the installer are Microgeneration Certification Scheme accredited. You can find information on how to apply for the Renewable Heat Incentive, what technologies and fuels are eligible for the RHI, and their Frequently Asked Questions (link to pdf file) on the OfGem RHI website.


2 - Domestic RHI - Open from Summer 2013

The Domestic RHI scheme is expected to be launched in Summer 2013. Until the Domestic RHI begins, households are able to apply for the Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme Phase 2 Voucher Scheme. Please find full details on the DECC RHPP Voucher Scheme website


For up-to-date information on the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme and the progress of the implementation of the scheme, please visit the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) website.


Energy Saving Trust Advice on RHIs

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The Energy Saving Trust website provides:

  • Background information on the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

Information on the RHIs Scheme is available on the Energy Saving Trust's website.


The Energy Saving Trust also provide information and advice on the types of renewable energy which may be suitable for your home, business or community building. For more information, please visit their Generate Your Own Energy webpages or call their local advice centre on 0800 512 012.

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