Renewable Heat Incentive policy overview (UK)

On 16th February 2017, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published a policy paper on Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) provides incentives for consumers to install renewable heating in place of fossil fuels.

The RHI pays participants of the scheme that generate and use renewable energy to heat their buildings. By increasing the generation of heat from renewable energy sources (instead of fossil fuels), the RHI helps the UK reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet targets for reducing the effects of climate change.

There are two parts to the

  • Domestic RHI – launched 9 April 2014 and open to homeowners, private landlords, social landlords and self-builders
  • Non-domestic RHI – launched in November 2011 to provide payments to industry, businesses and public sector organisations

The non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive helps businesses, public sector and non-profit organisations meet the cost of installing renewable heat technologies.

Types of heating:

You can claim for:

  • biomass
  • heat pumps (ground source, water source and air source)
  • deep geothermal
  • solar thermal collectors
  • biomethane and biogas
  • combined heat and power (CHP) systems

Payments are made over 20 years and are based on the heat output of your system.

For further details consult:

Sources :

Policy paper – Renewable Heat Incentive policy overview