What is the Renewable Heat Incentive?

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is designed to increase development of renewable heat technologies and contribute towards the Government’s target of 15% of total UK energy consumption being generated from renewable sources by 2020.

Full details of the first phase of the scheme have now been announced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and OFGEM, the industry regulator. The first phase of the RHI opened for applications from Monday 28th November 2011.

What technologies are included?
A range of renewable heat technologies will be supported under the Renewable Heat Incentive;

  • Solid biomass
  • Ground and water source heat pumps
  • Geothermal
  • Solar thermal (Under 200 kWth in size)
  • Biogas combustion (Under 200 kWth in size)
  • Biomethane injection

Will you be eligible for the RHI?
The RHI will apply to commercial, industrial, not for profit and public sector purposes and producers of biomethane in the first instance, with domestic installations able to apply in summer 2013.

The following key criteria must be met to be eligible. Please note, this is not a complete list; full details are available on OFGEM’s website.

  • the installation must be of an eligible technology type and size
  • the plant must have been completed and first commissioned on or after 15 July 2009
  • for installations of 45kWth and below, both the equipment and the installer must be certified under the MicroGeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) or an equivalent scheme (some exceptions do apply)

Find out more
Visit the DECC website

Renewable heat technologies


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