Renewable Heat Initiative (RHI) : A Renewable Energy Grant


Under the Government, the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, domestic properties can claim up to £3,390 on a yearly basis for heating their home through renewable technology.  The scheme offers financial support that goes towards the cost of installing and running eco-energy systems. 

There are two main elements to the scheme, one for domestic properties and another for non-domestic properties.

Domestic Renewable Heat Initiative (Domestic RHI)

Launched by the Government in April 2014, the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive pays homeowners quarterly a fixed tariff for every kilowatt of power they produce of Biomass Energy.

Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Initiative (Non-Domestic RHI)

Launched in 2011 the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Initiative is for commercial, public or industrial premises. It provides a subsidy, payable for 20 years, to commercial business that uses self-produced Eco-Energy.

Once Future Energy has fitted and commissioned your qualifying Eco-Energy System you apply for a Domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) which enables you to join the RHI Scheme.

Technologies under the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

The RHI scheme is available for customers who have the following systems installed: 

  • Biomass boilers
  • Biomass pellet stoves with integrated boilers 
  • Ground to water heat pumps 
  • Solar thermal systems 
  • Air to water systems 

The scheme has certain criteria that you must adhere to such as all biomass fuel that you use must be obtained from an approved supplier on the Biomass Suppliers List. 

Many different customers can apply for the RHI scheme including: 

  • Homeowners 
  • Self-builders 
  • Private landlords 
  • Registered social housing providers 
  • Single domestic dwellings 
  • Payments through RHI

Once you have your chosen system installed, you will receive a quarterly tariff payment for every kilowatt-hour of heat that is generated from the system. These payments are paid for seven years. You can install multiple systems and receive payments for each of the systems that you use. 

The total amount that you will receive depends on what technology you install and the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of your home. 

If a sustainable energy system appeals to you and you want to find out which is the right one for you, our team are always happy to offer advice and guidance as needed. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation quotation.