Renewable Heat Incentive

RHI is the Renewable Heat Incentive which is a government backed schemed aimed at reducing carbon emissions. There is a commercial scheme and a domestic scheme. It aims to encourage the uptake in renewable technologies in businesses and homes in the UK. 



What is the RHI?

The Renewable Heat Incentive is a government scheme that aims to reduce carbon and save money on fuel bills. It was launched in 2014 and has been the driving force behind an uptake in renewable technologies in homes in the UK. It can be used as an incentive for a range of renewable technologies such as solar thermal and biomass.

Who is eligible for the RHI?

Anyone who meets the joining requirements can access the scheme. It is aimed at homeowners to encourage them to reduce emissions. Registered social landlords and builders can also access the scheme or anyone who has a qualifying renewable system since 2009 and meets the eligibility criteria should be able to join.

What will I be paid?

The scheme pays participants each quarter based on the calculated energy use for the property in that time, lasting 7 years. The payments are index linked so the rate of the payments per kWh increase in line with the consumer price index.

Payments are based on the property EPC with a maximum of 25,000kWh per year. 

This is still deemed and based on customers’ Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), but with a maximum of 25,000kWh per annum. Properties with heat demands above this level will be paid the same as if the property’s heat demand were equal to the limit.

What is an EPC?

An EPC is an Energy Performance Certificate. It measures the energy efficiency of a property on a scale of A-G. Once obtained a certificate is valid for 10 years. You will need an EPC to be eligible for the RHI.  

Applicants will need to have met the minimum loft and cavity insulation or solid wall insulation requirements.