Renewable Heat Premium Payment Phase 2

The Renewable Heat Premium Payment is a one-off grant designed to help towards meeting the costs of installing renewable technologies in your home. The scheme closed on 31st March. Please note that grant claims under this scheme cannot be honoured after this date. 

The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (dRHI) launches in Spring 2014 and will be administered by Ofgem. If you are considering applying, you will need to check what the eligibility requirements are as some of these will be different to those under RHPP. 


Information on the Renewable Heat Premium Payment

The RHPP grant was available in England, Scotland and Wales to individuals who had installed a renewable heat technology in their property after 12 July 2012, and who had not already received funding through RHPP Phase 1, the Social Landlord scheme or the Communities scheme. 

Different voucher values were available to apply for depending on the technology:


Voucher value

Air-to-Water Heat Pump £1,300 
Biomass Boiler £2,000
Ground or Water-source Heat Pump £2,300
Solar Thermal Hot Water £600

If you had recently removed a mains gas heating system or heated your home with mains gas, you would only have been eligible to apply for solar thermal. If you relied on oil, liquid gas, solid fuel or electricity then you could also apply for air-to-water heat pumps, ground-source or water-source heat pumps and biomass boilers.

Eligibility criteria 

  • The property must be owned by you and continue to be owned by you for the duration of the metering and survey requirements or if you are a tenant you must be purchasing the system yourself and have permission from the owner of the property;
  • If the property is a self-build, then you must retain ownership of the property either as the occupier or as the Private Landlord. Please note applications from installers, builder/developers or householders in relation to “off-plan” developments, are not eligible for support under this scheme.  Similarly, installations where the renewable heating system was installed prior to the first occupation of the property are also ineligible for the scheme
  • The property must have loft insulation to 250mm and cavity wall insulation (where practical);
  • You must have undertaken a Green Deal Assessment before submitting a claim to Energy Saving Trust for payment of your voucher;
  • You should have all necessary planning and environmental permissions in place;
  • The product and installer you go with must be certified under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) or Solar Keymark (or equivalent);
  • Read the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme FAQ.

As the applicant it is your responsibility to ensure that all information supplied at application and claim stage is accurate and complete. Any information that you provided to the Energy Saving Trust that is subsequently found to be untrue, inaccurate or incomplete may affect your ability to claim your rebate. Accordingly, applications should not be submitted by your installer.

If you have any further questions, please email these to


Metering and surveys  

As part of the RHPP scheme, all applicants were asked to submit information about how the technology installed is performing in its environment via online surveys. This was to support the monitoring programme and allow the government to learn as much as possible about renewable technologies. In addition, metering equipment was fitted to some heat pump installations. The metering equipment continues to provide live data to the Department of Energy and Climate Change to enable them to evaluate the performance of heat pumps. This is ground-breaking research. The results will be used to inform heat pump technology developments and future government policy. The Energy Saving Trust has commissioned the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to coordinate the monitoring programme.


Top tips for claiming your grant

Please ensure you include all the required documentation: 

  • The completed voucher - this must be signed at the customer declaration.
  • A copy of your MCS certificate.
  • A copy of your invoice.
  • If you are installing a heat pump, a copy of your Installer Checklist.
  • If you are a landlord, your completed and signed de-minimis declaration.
  • Your voucher must arrive at the Energy Saving Trust office in Edinburgh no later than 31st March 2014. Vouchers received after this date will not be accepted. The Energy Saving Trust accepts no liability for vouchers that are lost in transit therefore we recommend using a secure method of delivery, for example Royal Mail Special Delivery.
  • Ensure that your name and address match on your voucher, MCS certificate and invoice. This is particularly important if you have just built your home and recently named it.
  • Your invoice should detail the technology installed and the costs for this. If additional works are included in your invoice please ensure that the renewable installation costs are split out and clearly identifiable.
  • The person’s name on the voucher must also be the person who signs it even if it is a spouse or the property is in joint ownership.

Upon receipt of your claim, an automated email will be sent to the address with which your application was registered. If you have not received this email by 2 April 2014 please contact the team on 0808 108 9414. We aim to process your voucher within 25 working days, however incomplete claims may take slightly longer. Once your claim has been processed you will receive an email confirming the funds are about to be transferred to your nominated bank account within ten working days. 


Monthly statistics

Monthly statistics on all RHPP schemes are published here.The data includes the number of vouchers issued and redeemed for the scheme so far. This is broken into technology type and region. It also includes a table of the total installed capacity by a technology type. 

  Renewable Heat Premium Payment – Householder - Phases 1 and 2


Phase 1 ran from 1 August 2011 to 31 March 2012. Phase 2 opened on 1 May 2012 and closed 31 March 2014. 


  Details of the Communities Scheme

The Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) Community Scheme supported communities to deliver clusters of domestic renewable heating systems during 2012 and 2013.


  Details of the Social Landlords competition

For the latest information on the Social Landlords competition, see Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) Social Landlords Competition – Phase Two Extensions 2013/14.

Further reading

Download an Interim Evaluation of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme, Phase 1. 


Before you start...

If you're thinking about installing a system to generate your own heat, make sure your home is as well insulated as it can be so your heat-producing system can be most efficient.

Focus on improving insulation and tackling draughts.