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RHI - Renewable Heat Incentive

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The Renewable Heat Incentive, which is the first of its kind in the world, will encourage the installation of renewable heat equipment such as solar thermal technologies and heat pumps.

Phase 1 - July 2011

From July 2011, the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariffs for non-domestic installations in the industrial, business and public sector will be introduced.

There will also be support of around £15 million for households through the RHI Premium Payment from July 2011. In return for the payments, participants will have to provide feedback on how the equipment performs in practice.

Phase 2 - Oct 2012

From October 2012, RHI tariffs for domestic properties will become available at the same time as the introduction of the Green Deal. The Government has confirmed that renewable heat installations installed in homes since 15 July 2009 will get the Renewable Heat Incentive once it comes in, provided they meet the eligibility criteria. They have also confirmed that this will include those who receive support under the RHPP scheme. However, the Government has not yet published its proposals for how the RHI will work in the domestic sector, so we cannot at this stage provide more information on this. In particular we cannot guarantee that those eligible for an RHPP grant will also be eligible for the RHI.

The RHI Premium Payment

From August 2011 up to 25,000 installations will be supported by a 'RHI Premium Payment' to help cover the purchase price. Eligibility criteria for the payments will include:

  • A fair spread of technologies across all regions of Great Britain.
  • A well insulated home based on its Energy Performance Certificate.
  • A focus on properties off the gas grid, where heating fuels such as heating oil are more expensive and have a higher carbon content.
  • Agreement from the householder to monitor the performance of installations.
The levels of support for RHI premium payments are:

Technology Level of support (per unit)
Solar Thermal £300
Air Source Heat Pumps £850
Ground Source Heat Pumps £1250

RHI tariffs - domestic

RHI payments will start for homes alongside the Green Deal in 2012 to allow for a more whole-house approach to heat production and energy saving. The Department for Energy and Climate Change will consult on the RHI tariffs later in the year.

Those who have taken up the RHI Premium Payment will be eligible for RHI tariffs, as will anyone else who has had eligible equipment installed since July 2009 (exceptions apply if a grant has been received which contributed to the direct costs of an installation).

RHI tariffs - non-domestic

Ground source, water source, solar thermal and biomethane projects in the non-domestic sector that have been installed since July 2009 in Great Britain will be eligible for RHI payments from July 2011. The payments will be made quarterly over a 20-year period to the owner of the heat installation.

A non-domestic installation is a renewable heat unit in a building which is not used as a domestic premises. This includes office buildings, schools and district heating schemes (e.g. one boiler serving multiple homes).

Small Installations

Technology Scale Proposed tariff
Deemed or metered Tariff lifetime
Bioliquids Up to 45 kW 6.5 Deemed 15
Biogas On-site Combustion Up to 45 kW 5.5 Deemed 10
Ground Source Heat Pumps Up to 45 kW 7 Deemed 23
Air Source Heat Pumps Up to 45 kW 7.5 Deemed 18
Solar Thermal Up to 45 kW 18 Deemed 20

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