Renewable Heat Incentive

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is the first initiative of its kind for encouraging the take-up of heat generating technologies, including the following -

  • Air source heat pumps
  • Ground source heat pumps
  • Water source heat pumps
  • Geothermal
  • Solid biomass CHP
  • Solar Thermal
  • Biomethane and biogas

The scheme was launched by DECC in 2011 and provides payments to industry, businesses and public sector organisations using renewable heat. RHI has also been available to domestic consumers as of April 2014. The administration of the scheme is performed by Ofgem.

For the non-domestic RHI, payments are spread over 20 years with a payment made every 3 months. These payments are determined by heat metering of the technologies and are dependent on the size of installation.

For information on the eligibility, tariff levels and process for applying for RHI for a community renewable heat project see the tool-kit below.

To access the full community renewable RHI tool-kit - click here

Please note that a consultation was carried out by DECC in Spring 2016 on the future of the RHI. The Government's response to that consultation is due out shortly.

Further information

Information on rules applying to using grants alongside FIT and RHI is available here

DECC have provided more detailed information on the eligibility for non-domestic users.

There is information on the different ways to decarbonise heat available here


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