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The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Explained

The renewable heat incentive is a scheme introduced by the government to reward those who decide to make the most of renewable energy. 


The UK is aiming to generate 12% of its energy through renewable sources by 2020. That’s a big task!

To encourage people to use these energy sources, the government have created two renewable heat incentives. There is one for domestic properties and one for non-domestic properties. Each has different tariffs, joining requirements and processes.

The scheme was first started in April 2014, and since then thousands of people have taken advantage of this incentive.

solar thermal system making the most of the renewable heat incentive

Which renewable energies can you get paid for?

The RHI pays people for each kWh (kilowatt per hour) of energy they produce through renewable energy sources. These renewable energy sources include:

Each of these methods create energy using natural resources, such as solar power, organic material, or even thin air!

Not only can you be paid for producing energy through these methods, but they will often also drastically reduce your monthly energy bills. They also help reduce your own impact on the environment.

How does the Renewable Heat Incentive pay you?

Once you’ve signed up to the RHI, you will be paid every quarter for 7 years. You are paid based on how much energy you produce, measured in kilowatts per hour (kWh).

If you have installed more than one renewable energy source, you can claim an income from each of them. The more renewable energy you create, the more you will be paid.

How can I apply for the Renewable Heat Incentive?

The company that regulates the RHI is called Ofgem. You can apply for the RHI on their website, provided you meet their requirements.

Domestic RHI Applicants

Non-domestic RHI Applicants

If you have had a renewable energy system installed, you will need to apply for the RHI within one year of the system being commissioned.

Installing a Renewable Heat Incentive eligible system

Not all renewable energy heating systems are eligible for RHI, so you need to make sure you install the right system.

Also, in order to be eligible for the renewable heat incentive, you must install your system with a qualified and approved renewable energy installer.

If you haven’t yet got a renewable heating system, but want to be sure you are eligible for RHI when you do, give ecoames a call.

Our renewable energy experts can advise you on which eligible systems would work for your home and your requirements.

ecoames are also members of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme  (MCS), and the Home Insulation and Energy Systems Scheme (HIES). This is a requirement for installing any RHI eligible systems.

If you’re looking to install a renewable energy system in your property, trust ecoames as your installer. Our highly qualified experts are completely certified.

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How much can you earn from the Renewable Heat Incentive?

The amount paid for the energy you produce is determined by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Tariffs are liable to change, but as of April 1st 2018 they stand at:

  • Biomass boilers:  6.74 p/kWh
  • Air source heat pumps:  10.46 p/kWh
  • Ground source heat pumps:  20.49 p/kWh
  • Solar thermal:  20.66 p/kWh

The amount you could receive yearly depends largely on what kind of system you choose to install and how big it is.

If you would like an accurate estimation of how much you could receive for one of these systems on your property, contact us. We will provide a visit to your property to determine which system is best suited, what size is needed, and therefore how much you could earn through the renewable heat incentive.

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