What is RHI?

For heating and hot water generation – systems that include Solar Thermal (hot water), biomass, ground and air source heat pumps, there is the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) where you will get paid for generating heating and hot water. There are two schemes – domestic, and commercial (non-domestic) RHI.

What is Domestic RHI?

The domestic RHI runs for a 7 year period and payments will be based on your property's Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) if it is a standalone installation. If it is linked to an additional heating source like a boiler, it will require a heat meter and you will be paid based on the meter readings.

Who Can Claim the Domestic RHI?

The domestic RHI applies to single domestic dwellings only. If you are looking to heat multiple domestic dwellings this may fall under the non-domestic (commercial) RHI. To obtain the domestic RHI you must be one of the following: -

  • Owner
  • Private landlord
  • Registered provider of social housing
  • Self-builder

New build developments will not qualify for the domestic RHI unless it is a self-build project. Second/holiday homes can qualify but will need a heat meter installed to monitor the heat generated.

What is Commercial (Non-Domestic) RHI?

The commercial (non-domestic) RHI is open to industry, businesses and public sector organisations. The scheme has been designed to incentivise the installation of renewable technologies by generating a very good Return on Investment (RoI) in renewable heating technology.

Technologies that are eligible for the Commercial RHI include: -

  • Biomass Boilers
  • Ground Source Heat Pumps
  • Air Source Heat Pumps
  • Solar thermal

As the FiT and RHI schemes run, they are being constantly reviewed in order to see how much money is left in the pot! Every three months, there is the chance that the tariffs will decrease for any system, no matter of what size or technology. If you are considering the installation of any system, it is worth contacting us at the earliest opportunity or you may run the risk of tariffs decreasing, which will affect your RoI.