Renewable Heat Incentive

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is the Government’s principal mechanism for driving forward the transition to deployment of renewable and low carbon heat over the coming decades. The RHI is a key contributor in achieving the UK’s share of the European Union’s (EU) renewable energy targets and the Carbon Plan, which provides the two key objectives of the scheme:

  • To increase the deployment of renewable heat technologies in order to keep the UK on track to meet the 2020 target in the most cost effective way. The Renewable Energy Strategy 2009 outlined that heat could contribute 12 % (72 TWh) towards meeting this target.
  • To contribute to the UK’s carbon targets of achieving an 80% reduction by 2050

The Renewable Heat Incentive is a financial incentive scheme for renewable heat generation that will help the UK reduce carbon emissions and hit its EU renewable energy targets. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is responsible for the policy and regulations underpinning the scheme, while Ofgem administer the scheme on behalf of DECC.

Phase 1 of the Renewable Heat Incentive supports generators in non-domestic sectors (industrial, commercial, public sector and not-for-profit) and was launched in November 2011. A domestic Renewable Heat Incentive was launched on 9th April 2014, with the exact details of the scheme, including tariffs, available by following this link. The following technologies are eligible for the Domestic RHI.

  • biomass only boilers
  • biomass pellet stoves with integrated boilers
  • air source heat pumps
  • ground source heat pumps
  • solar thermal panels – flat plate or evacuated tube only

Domestic RHI payments for biomass are set at 5.20 pence per kW (Ofgem Domestic RHI) of renewable heat and owners of all eligible renewable heating systems installed on or after 15 July 2009 will be able to apply for the RHI. If an applicant is successful, payments will be backdated to the date of application and will be made quarterly in arrears for seven years.

The Ofgem website has some useful information on the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive for homeowners and industry. Click here to visit the Ofgem website.

Find out how customers are enjoying greener, cheaper and more efficient energy in their homes with these case studies.

You can search for HETAS MCS Biomass installers using the ‘Find Installer‘ search at the top of this page and select ‘biomass’. Installers registered with HETAS on the MCS scheme will display the competence ‘HETAS MCS Biomass Installer’.

Search for HETAS MCS Biomass products using the ‘Find Product‘ search at the top of this page and select MCS under the additional filters. This search will also identify if the product is HETAS Approved and Defra exempt.

Domestic RHI Payment Calculator Launched

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has also launched a Domestic RHI Payment Calculator to help Installers and prospective customers work out how much they might receive under the scheme if they switch over to biomass. To visit their website and use this new tool click here.

Check back on this page from more information on the domestic RHI throughout 2016 and beyond.