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Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

Applicable to:

Ground Source Heat Pumps
Solar Thermal Systems
Wood Pellet Boilers
Air Source Heat Pumps

“Just a quick thank you to say we have just had confirmation that we will be receiving RHI payments – well done to you and the team for your alerts service and e-mails etc.” (Solar Thermal customer in Dennington) 

The Domestic scheme:

This scheme is open and the tariff levels are as follows:

Technology Payment
 Solar Thermal 19.21p/kWh
 Biomass  12.2p/kWh
 Ground Source Heat Pump 18.8p/kWh
 Air Source Heat Pump  7.3p/kWh
  • Paid for 7 years
  • Optional metering, otherwise deemed

Examples of comparative potential payments for varying types of properties

Customers in receipt of the Renewable Heat Premium Payments (RHPP) will be able to receive long term RHI tariff support, as will anybody who has installed an eligible technology since 15th July 2009. However, if RHPP has been claimed, this will be deducted from the RHI payments in equal amounts over the 7 years.

Payments are calculated on the annual amount of heat output, expressed in kilowatt hours (kWh). The beneficiary of the incentive will receive a set amount based on the deemed output, to encourage low energy consumption and discourage wasting heat. This deemed output will be stated on an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) which forms part of the Green Deal Assessment.

The RHI will encourage renewable energy systems to be installed in buildings adopting a basic level of energy efficiency measures in a “whole house approach”. A basic minimum level of energy efficiency required for existing homes would be: at least 125mm of loft insulation and cavity wall filled where appropriate. Having a Green Deal Assessment is a pre-requisite to applying for the RHI and energy efficiency measures will be recommended via this.

 

How to apply for the RHI

RHI application – where to find the required numbers

Domestic RHI Guide to completing Application

Guide to all aspects of the RHI

Domestic RHI FAQs

Guide to managing your RHI account

Useful numbers if you have any problems with your RHI application:

Telephone: 0300 0030 744 (RHI enquiry line open Monday to Friday 8am-7pm and Saturdays 9am-2pm)

Email: DomesticRHI@ofgem.gov.uk

Web: Ofgem.gov.uk/domestic-rhi

 

How to be prepared for the Domestic RHI

Legacy customers

Are those having had eligible products installed after 15th July 2009 but before the launch date.

When to apply:

  • if you did not receive the RHPP, you can apply for the RHI now
  • If you received the RHPP before 20th May 2013, you can apply 3 months after the scheme opens, fro 9th July
  • If you received the RHPP after 20th May 2013, you can apply 6 months after the scheme opens, from 9th October

Whichever category you fit into, you need to apply for the RHI within 12 months of it opening

What will you need:

  • A Green Deal Assessment
  • Part of your GD Assessment is an EPC. In the ‘recommended measures’ section, it must NOT show that any cavity or loft insulation is required.  Therefore, if your current EPC shows this, you need to insulate and get an updated EPC to use with your submission. (Contact your Assessor to update this)
  • An MCS certificate

New customers

Are those installing eligible products after the RHI launch date

When to apply:

  • Immediately after your system is commissioned

What you will need:

As described for Legacy customers and including an emmissions certificate for Biomass boilers (East Green Energy will provide this)

 

Further information

Ofgem have produced factsheets to give you some basic information in advance of the Domestic RHI launch. These can be found here on the Ofgem website.

Following the launch you’ll be able to get full information, guides and videos, and will be able to apply from this site

The full details of the domestic RHI policy statement is availbale below. Also available is a 2 page summary of this document that East Green Energy have drafted containing the key points.

HETAS explains the domestic RHI

Domestic RHI policy statement

Summary of RHI announcement 12.7.13

Domestic RHI and New (Self) Builds guidance

Calculate approximately what you could receive via the RHI

To keep up to date with the lastest news on the RHI please read the DECC update and that on the Energy Saving Trust website

 

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