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Last updated: 12 March 2018

How to Apply for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)?

Find out Who Is It For, How to Apply and the Rules for Joining

If you are planning to install or you have already installed renewable heating technology, you might be eligible for financial support provided by the UK Government. The Governmental scheme, Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is aimed to encourage uptake of renewable heat technologies among businesses, communities and private householders while providing financial support. The main intention of this initiative is contributing towards the 2020 ambition in which at least 12% of heating should come from renewable energy sources. RHI will help UK in reducing negative effects of climate changes, including greenhouse gas emission.

Read more: Renewable Heat Incentive

1406739544_search -01 What Is RHI?

After launching its first Non-domestic RHI program in 2012, the UK Government decided to invest in Domestic RHI with the focus on homeowners, self-builders, private and social landlords. By using only renewable sources of energy, you can help the UK in reducing its carbon emissions. All individuals eligible for the program will receive payments over seven years in return for using heating systems that produce clean and renewable energy.

1406739529_user -01 Who Is It for?

RHI scheme is open to everyone that meets the requirements. The program covers households in England, Wales and Scotland and is aimed, but not limited to off-gas households. By participating in the program, individuals have a chance to lower their fuel bills and contribute to a healthier environment while reducing carbon emissions. Each application can be directed towards only one scheme - Domestic or Non-Domestic. Special category covers heating systems that heat more than just one home, such as block of flats or several houses. In this case, different application process as well as eligibility requirements are applicable.

Heating3 Heating Systems

Heating systems eligible for application are:

  • Biomass boilers and biomass pellet stoves
  • Air source heat pumps
  • Ground source heat pumps
  • Solar thermal panels

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Read more: Ground Source Heating. Everything You Need To Know

1406739544_search -01 Who Can Apply?

In order to be eligible and join the program you must be the owner of the property and have one of the required heating systems presented above. Renewable heating systems must be certified under Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). A date of the MCS certification must have been on or after 15 July 2009 and the deadline for application is within 12 months of the commissioning date shown on the MCS certificate. If you had installed your heating system before the scheme opened, which is before 9 April 2014, you need to apply for the program within the first year. It must be noted that this is just an overview and you can find guidance and more information about RHI scheme here.

1406739544_search -01Before You Apply

If you have not yet installed renewable technology it is time to do some research before choosing particular equipment. Make sure you have gone through all advantages and disadvantages of heating systems before choosing one that is right for you. There is particular restriction on what the produced heat can be used for. For instance, heat pumps and biomass must be used for only space or water and space heating. Solar thermal can be used only for domestic hot water

Before applying for the  RHI program, you are required to have the  Green Deal Assessment carried out for your property. This rule applies to everyone besides eligible new-builds. It means that new buildings will already be energy efficient because they are built according to recent building regulation standards.

When you have decided on a product, it is essential to check whether it is on Product Eligibility List provided by RHI program or not. Before making your final purchase make sure you have found the lowest market price for your product. To do so, you might want to check our free service for comparing suppliers and prices of Heat Pumps.

Read more: How to Apply for the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT)

List6What You Will Need to Apply:

All applicants need to provide following the information and documents:

  • Personal information and bank details
  • Answer to eligibility questions and sign up to the scheme rules
  • Answers to survey questions to help evaluate the scheme
  • Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certificate number
  • Green Deal Advice Report number
  • Energy Performance Certificate number

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Once your application is accepted, payments will be backdated to the day of your application, according to the  tariff rate applicable to that date. Since most applications are made online, the day of received application will be the day when full application is received. Payments will be divided quarterly in arrears for seven years. If you have already received support from public funds, the amount you have already accepted will be deducted from your RHI payments and spread over the seven years.

To find more about RHI program visit the official website of UK Government.