Renewable Heat Incentive

Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a government payment scheme designed to encourage people to invest in systems that generate heat from renewable sources such as biomass boilers, solar thermal panels, ground source & air to water heat pumps, and reduce use of fossil fuels e.g. gas & oil.

A subsidy is paid to people installing these kinds of heating systems for every unit of heat generated.

The amount paid depends on the type & size of system fitted & the amount of heat generated in kilowatt-hours. The building needs to be adequately insulated to qualify and the system needs to be installed by an accredited MCS installer.

Domestic RHI payments are paid quarterly for a 7 year period and are currently

  • Biomass Boilers 12.2p (kWh)
  • Ground Source Heat Pumps 18.8p(kWh)
  • Air to Water Heat Pumps 7.3p (kWh)
  • Solar Thermal 19.2p (kWh)

Householders applying for RHI need to have a Green Deal Assessment completed before submitting a claim, regardless of how the installation is financed.