Information on How to Apply for the RHI
We at GreenMatch thrive on keeping our customers informed with the best up-to-date news on the green energy market. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) operates as the Government’s primary tool for helping people ease the transition from regular heating systems towards renewable and low carbon heat over the next decades. The programme, administered by Ofgem, offers two schemes: Domestic and Non-Domestic Both incorporate separate rates, rules, joining and application processes. The RHI is considered to be the key contributor in helping the UK achieve their share of the European Union’s (EU) renewable energy targets and the Carbon Plan. The two key objectives of the scheme are:
- Increase the number of installed renewable heat technologies, so it can keep the UK on its way for their 2020 objective. According to the Renewable Energy Strategy from 2009, heat could contribute with up to 12% in the UK’s energy mix.
- Contribute to the UK’s carbon targets of accomplishing an 80% reduction by 2050.
In order to enlist your household for the RHI scheme, your home has to be capable of receiving an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The EPC represents the proof Ofgem requires, so your house is assessed as a domestic dwelling. Without this certificate, you won’t be able to apply and join the scheme. EPC offers information regarding your property’s energy use and also gives recommendations how to save money and reduce energy. It’s also included as part of a Green Deal assessment, which is a requirement if you wish to join the Domestic RHI.