Renewable Heat Incentive
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a payment for people living in England, Wales or Scotland for generating heat from renewable sources. RHI payments are intended in part to offset the cost of installing and running a renewables system. Instalment payments are made quarterly for seven years.
You are paid for every kilowatt hour (kWh) of energy produced. The level of payment varies depending on the technology and the system size.
You can access finance to help with the upfront cost of installing a renewable heating system.1The Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regulations 2018 No.611 This is called assignment of rights’, where you can assign your rights to RHI payments to investors.
To apply for RHI, you must:
•provide a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for your property that is less than 24 months old; and
•install loft and cavity wall insulation if it is recommended by your EPC; and
•have a Microgeneration Certification Scheme certificate for your renewable heating installation; and
•apply within 12 months of your renewable technology being commissioned.
The eligible technologies (only specific makes and models2Product eligibility list at ) are:
•biomass (wood burning) boilers and biomass pellet stoves;
•air source heat pumps;
•ground source heat pumps;
•solar thermal panels.