Under the UK Government’s domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, you could receive quarterly cash payments over seven years if you install or have already installed an eligible renewable heating technology.
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a UK Government scheme set up to encourage uptake of renewable heat technologies amongst householders, communities and businesses through financial incentives. It is the first of its kind in the world and the UK Government expects the RHI to contribute towards the 2020 ambition of 12% of heating coming from renewable sources.
The domestic RHI was launched on 9th April 2014 and provides financial support to the owner of the renewable heating system for seven years. The scheme covers England, Wales and Scotland and is targeted at - but not limited to - off-gas households.
The UK Government's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) makes key policy decisions and energy regulator Ofgem E-Serve administers the scheme. Policy documents can be found on the UK Government website. The eligibility requirements and rules of the scheme are on Ofgem's website.
Ofgem have also published a document of case studies from the domestic RHI for information.
Please note that the information on this page is not an exhaustive list of all the criteria of the domestic RHI scheme.
On 14 December 2016 the UK Government published their response to the consultation on the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme. The consultation proposed several changes to the existing domestic RHI scheme.
Below is a summary of the UK Government’s final proposals in relation to the scheme, which the UK Government intends to implement in spring 2017 subject to parliamentary approval.
You should keep these proposed changes in mind if you are planning to apply for the domestic RHI scheme or are considering installing an eligible system.
This is not an exhaustive list of changes to the scheme and further information can be found in the full RHI consultation response available on the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) website.
If you have any further questions at this stage then please find details in the full RHI consultation response
If you have any questions about the policy decisions made in the consultation response you can contact BEIS at email@example.com or 020 7215 5000.
If you have any questions about an existing DRHI application or a system already approved for DRHI payments please contact Ofgem eServe, the scheme administrators, at 0300 003 0744 between 9:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information about the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive can be found on this page. Please note that all of the information below is subject to change while updates are made regarding the consultation response announcement. We will update this page shortly.
RHI cash payments are made quarterly over seven years. The amount you receive will depend on a number of factors - including the technology you install, the latest tariffs available for each technology and - in some cases - metering.
You can estimate how much money you could earn through RHI using the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)’s RHI payment calculator.
Please note there are some elements that could affect RHI payment.
Air to air heat pumps, all log stoves, pellet stoves without back boilers and hybrid PVT are not supported by RHI.
Water source heat pumps can potentially be eligible for the Domestic RHI – they are included in the definition of a ground source heat pump.
Certain cooker stoves and certain high temperature heat pumps may also be eligible.
All systems must also be listed on the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Product Eligibility List
All biomass fuel used by RHI participants must be sourced from a supplier on the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL) at the time the fuel was purchased. This is a list of suppliers of sustainable biomass fuel and it is advisable to check whether your fuel supplier is registered before entering into any long term supply contract.
Not all fuels from suppliers on the BSL are sustainable as they may supply more than one type of fuel. You should check with your supplier, or prospective supplier, which of their fuels are registered.
The EU directives ‘The Ecodesign of Energy-related Products Directive’ (ErP) and ‘The Energy Labelling Directive’ introduced changes affecting heat pump eligibility. Key points included:
Find out more about the Introduction of the Ecodesign of Energy-related Products Directive.
You must apply within one year of the commissioning date of your system.
You can apply for RHI via Ofgem's website. Providing you have all the relevant information to hand and your application does not require a manual review, you should receive an immediate decision. To check if your application will need manual review, visit Ofgem’s website.
If you are unable to apply online then you can contact Ofgem via their Domestic RHI Applicant Support Centre on 0300 003 0744 Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:00 or by emailing: DomesticRHI@ofgem.gov.uk.
Please also note:
The table below summarises the latest tariffs available for each technology:
Air source heat pump
Ground source heat pump
Tariff (p/k Wh renewable heat)
(Applications submitted between 1 Oct. 2016 and 31 Dec. 2016 incl.)*
Tariff (p/k Wh renewable heat)
(Applications submitted between 1 Jan. 2017 and 31 Mar. 2017 incl.)*
The table above is taken from information published on Ofgem's website.
Applications for heat pumps and biomass systems submitted on or after 14 December 2016 will be subject to the proposed changes to the scheme, which may affect the tariffs above. See elsewhere in this page for more details.
Eligible applications for solar thermal systems submitted between 1 January 2017 and 31 March 2017 will continue on the 19.74 p/k Wh tariff.
*These tariffs will be adjusted in line with the Consumer Prices Index (CPI)
Most domestic systems payments will be based on an estimated heat output (’deeming’). In some cases, meters are required to determine the technology’s heat output. Ofgem's Do I need metering for the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)? and Essential guide to metering factsheets have further details.
The Metering and Monitoring Service Package is an optional feature you could choose to buy from your installer when installing a renewable heating system to provide peace of mind the installation is working as expected; enable the installer to continually improve performance where possible; and to diagnose common problems if they occur.
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