Government Incentive Scheme

The Renewable Heat Incentive is a financial support scheme to further develop the installation of renewable heating systems in UK homes. Biomass, Solar Thermal and Heat Pumps are heating systems that can reduce the number of homes using fossil fuels.

The domestic RHI provides financial incentives to owners of eligible, renewable heating systems in their homes. It supports these technologies with varying tariffs depending on the technology.

The domestic RHI is also open to owner occupiers, private landlords, Registered Providers of Social Housing and self-builders who have already installed an eligible technology after 15th July 2009, and hold an MCS certificate, provided they meet the scheme criteria.

All prospective installations must have a GDA (Green Deal Assessment) and be carried out by a registered MCS (microgeneration certificate scheme) operative to qualify for the RHI incentive (see; “Green deal explained” section)

Successful applicants will receive quarterly payments for seven years. Any public grants previously received, including the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP), will be deducted to avoid a double subsidy.

The scheme covers England, Wales and Scotland only.

The rates applicable to each technology:

TechnologyASHPGSHPBiomass boilersSolar thermal panels
Tariff7.3p/kWh18.8p/kWh5.2p/kWhAt least 19.2 p/kWh

Payments will be index linked to RPI and Tax Free.

Government link for explanation of the Domestic RHI:-
Domestic renewable heat incentive (RHI)

Energy Saving Trust explanation of the Domestic RHI:-
Domestic renewable heat incentive (RHI)

PDF downloads:-

Essential guide for applicants

Fact sheet, an introduction to the domestic RHI