Renewable Heat Incentive

Receive quarterly payments for up to 7 years for using renewable heating solutions.

What is the Renewable Heat Incentive?

The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a government financial incentive introduced to encourage homeowners to switch to using renewable heating measures.

Using naturally replenished energy is a way to help the UK reduce its carbon emissions. If you join the scheme, you will receive quarterly payments for seven years for each kWh of renewable heat you produce.

This scheme is available to those both on and off the gas network.

The RHI scheme will end 31 March 2022 and will be replaced in Spring 2022 by the Government’s Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS)Please get in touch before January 2022 to ensure that we can process your heat pump installation in time to meet the RHI deadline on 31 March 2022.

How the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Works?

The financial support will be paid at a set rate per unit of renewable heat produced for the two different types of systems (Heat Pumps and Solar Thermal). Payments will be made quarterly for seven years to the owner of the heating system. Once you’ve joined the domestic RHI, you’ll stay on the same tariff rate. To learn more about the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive you can visit the Ofgem website.

Heat Pumps

The RHI payment is based on the deemed heat demand of the property, taken from your EPC.

Tariff (p/kWh renewable heat)

Air Source: 10.92p
Ground Source: 21.29p

(as of 1st April 2021)

Solar Thermal Systems

The RHI payment will be based on the estimated system performance and occupation of the property.

Tariff (p/kWh renewable heat)


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Which products apply to the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme?

Air Source Heat Pumps

Air Source Heat Pumps

Ground Source Heat Pump

Ground Source Heat Pumps

Solar Thermal Panel

Solar Thermal Panels

Frequently Asked Questions

You apply for the Domestic RHI using the online application form on the Ofgem website. If you’re unable to apply online, you can also call Ofgem and they’ll talk you through the application, filling out the form for you. The Green Building Team are also very happy to help you through this process.

You can only apply for the Domestic RHI after your renewable heating system has been installed. As part of your application, you’ll need to provide your Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) Certificate number, which we will give you once the installation is complete.
To be eligible for the Domestic RHI, you must apply within 12 months of the first commissioning date shown on the MCS Certificate for your product.

If your system heats more than one domestic property, then you won’t be eligible for the Domestic RHI, but may be eligible for the Non-Domestic RHI.

Yes, so long as they meet all the joining requirements. The eligible property needs to be domestic for scheme purposes. Any property that’s occupied for less than six months a year (183 days) in the 12 months prior to applying to the Domestic RHI will have to have a meter or meters installed, and payments will be made based upon meter readings.

Domestic RHI payments can only be made to the owner of the heating system. If you sell your home and, as part of that, you sell the heating system, as from the point of sale you will no longer be eligible to receive payments. If you sell your property, the new owner may be eligible to claim payments for the remainder of the seven years.

It is possible for Domestic RHI payments to be transferred to the beneficiary of the estate.

Earn money back on your heating system with the renewable heat incentive scheme

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