Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has confirmed that the launch of the domestic RHI scheme will be delayed until Spring 2014. Industry had been led to believe that the RHI initiative would be available to householders from October this year, so news of this delay is very disappointing.

What is RHI?

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been heralded as the world’s first long-term financial support programme for renewable heat and is claimed to be a key part of the Government’s approach to cutting carbon emissions and stimulating the uptake of renewable heating technologies. Launched in November 2011 for the non-domestic sector the RHI provides payments to industry, businesses and public sector organisations investing in certain renewable heating equipment.

By increasing the generation of heat from renewable energy sources (instead of fossil fuels), the RHI aims to help the UK reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet targets for reducing climate change.

Update on RHI

The Government is supposed to be expanding the existing scheme to cover additional technologies, including air source heat pumps in addition to the now delayed domestic scheme for individual households. They now intend to announce final details this summer and open the domestic RHI scheme for payments from spring 2014. In the interim domestic customers have had access to a Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme (RHPP), this will now be extended until March 2014 to provide continued support for households.

What is RHPP?

This is a short-term government scheme, managed by the Energy Saving Trust and designed to give one off payments to householders to help them buy renewable heating technologies, which includes air to water heat pumps or solar thermal hot water.


To qualify for the RHPP and the future Domestic RHI, MCS certification for both products and installation is one of the main criteria for small/medium sized plants up to and including 45kW).

Under the RHI, it is intended that installations meeting eligibility criteria and that were installed and commissioned on or after 15th July 2009, will be able to claim RHI tariffs. The tariffs along with all eligible technologies should be announced later this year.

Further Information

If you would like further information on RHI please visit the government website: or

If you would like further information on the RHPP the updated details will be uploaded to the Energy Saving Trust website soon.

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