Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
Two Schemes: Domestic and Non-Domestic
The Renewable Heat Incentive has two schemes - Domestic and Non-Domestic. They have separate tariffs, joining conditions, rules and application processes. We administer both. You can only apply to one the schemes.
Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (Domestic RHI) is a government financial incentive to promote the use of renewable heat. Switching to heating systems that use eligible energy sources can help the UK reduce its carbon emissions and meet its renewable energy targets.
People who join the scheme and stick to its rules receive quarterly payments for seven years for the amount of clean, green renewable heat it’s estimated their system produces.
Since opening in April 2014, the scheme has already seen thousands of people successfully join and receive payments.
The scheme is open to anyone who can meet the joining requirements. It’s for households both off and on the gas grid.
If the renewable heating system heats only a single property which is capable of getting a domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), then you’d apply for the Domestic RHI. The EPC is the proof we need that your property is assessed as a domestic dwelling. Without one, you can’t join the scheme.
Non Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
The Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a government environmental programme that provides financial incentives to increase the uptake of renewable heat by businesses, the public sector and non-profit organisations.
Eligible installations receive quarterly payments over 20 years based on the amount of heat generated. The scheme covers England, Scotland, and Wales. There is a separate scheme for Northern Ireland.
Businesses, public sector and non-profit organisations can apply if equipment was installed in England, Scotland or Wales on or after 15 July 2009 (or later in some cases). Your installation must meet certain requirements.
Generally, if the renewable heating system is in commercial, public or industrial premises, then you would apply to the Non-Domestic RHI. This can include small and large businesses, hospitals, schools, and organisations with district heating schemes where one heating system serves multiple homes.
Please note, whether you are applying for the domestic or non-domestic RHI, part of the criteria is to service and maintain your system annually. Please see our Service, Repairs & Maintenance section for more information.
Please contact us on 01942 214900 for further details and regarding the eligibility for the scheme.