What is the Renewable Heating Incentive?

If you want to be rewarded for the way you heat your home then look no further than the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The scheme came into power in April 2014 and is the first of its kind anywhere in the world. If you live in England, Scotland or Wales, you could be eligible for the lucrative returns.

There are two parts to the RHI, covering domestic and commercial installations. Essentially, the Government are aiming to reduce carbon emissions in the UK by offering a financial reward for investing in renewables. The long-term goal is to produce 12% of heat from renewables by 2020.

The part of the scheme you’ll be interested in though is the domestic aspect, which was introduced on April 9. It works in a similar way to the ever-popular feed-in tariff and you’ll earn tariff payments for seven years.

The amount you stand to earn depends on the technology you install, with products ranging from solar thermal panels, to heat pumps.

How do RHI payments work?

Once you have signed onto the RHI scheme, you’ll start to receive payments quarterly, for seven years. If you’re feeling bold you can even have more than one technology installed and receive payments for both.

Renewable heat options

So let’s take a look at the technologies which are eligible for RHI payments:

  • Solar thermal panels
  • Biomass-only boilers and biomass pellet stoves with back boilers
  • Air source heat pumps
  • Ground source heat pumps.

Do you already have renewable heating installed?

If you already have a renewable system installed, then don’t worry because you can still be eligible to receive payments. If your product was installed on or after July 15, 2009, you will be able to apply.

Yes, there is a difference between the two schemes. The RHPP offered grants towards the installation of renewable products, whereas the RHI provides payments once the system has been fully installed.

The RHPP scheme has now closed, but you can receive RHI payments for seven years from registering your product.

Evy Coe

Evy works for Quotatis as a Content Marketing Executive. She loves to write about interior design and help homeowners with their DIY projects.

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