What is the Domestic RHI?

Domestic RHI

Reap the rewards of renewable heat!

You can now get paid by the Government for investing in a renewable heating system.

Through the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), homeowners across the UK that get solar thermal panels, biomass boilers or heat pumps installed in their homes, can now claim quarterly payments for next 7 years.

This pioneering scheme rewards residents for using renewable energy as an effective alternative to gas and oil. This is of particular benefit to homeowners that live off the mains gas grid.

Not only will you save money by using renewable heat, but get paid for the privilege!

Say YES to renewable heat

YES Energy Solutions can help you access the Domestic RHI and choose a renewable heating system that is ideal for your property and life style.

T: 01422 880100 (Office Hours: 9am - 5pm, Mon - Fri)

Which technologies are part of the Domestic RHI?

There are four renewable heat technologies that you can take advantage of under the Domestic RHI:

  • Solar Thermal Systems
  • Air Source Heat Pumps
  • Ground Source Heat Pumps
  • Biomass Boilers

Your installation must be carried out by an accredited MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) installer. Only systems that provide heat to a single property will be eligible under the scheme.

The make and model of your renewable heating system must also be listed on the Government’s: Product Eligibility List

Assessment Process

Before your renewable heating system is installed, you must get a Green Deal Assessment carried out. As part of this assessment you will be issued an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)* which will indicate how much heat your system is likely to generate each year.

This estimation is then used to calculate how much money you will be paid per quarter for using renewable heat over the next 7 years.

*Please note that if any home insulation measures (e.g. cavity wall insulation) are recommended on your EPC, then these will need to be installed prior to your renewable heating system for you to claim your RHI payment.

Current Domestic RHI Tariffs

The table below shows the current tariffs for each renewable heat technology. Rates are set by Government and are subject to change depending on the scheme’s popularity.

Once you have registered on the scheme you will stay on the same tariff for the next 7 years. The only change will be for annual adjustment, which brings your payments in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI). This is announced on the 1st of April each year.

Renewable Heat Technology Tariff from 1st Jan 2017 (pence per kilowatt hour)
Biomass Boiler 4.21p
Air Source Heat Pump 7.51p
Ground Source Heat Pump 19.33p
Solar Thermal System 19.74p

The Domestic RHI works on estimated outputs to ensure that homeowners do not waste heat unnecessarily. You will be paid for every unit (kilowatt hour) of renewable heat that your system is ‘predicted’ to produce. This figure will be detailed on your EPC.

Alternatively, if your system is connected to a meter, you will be paid against quarterly meter readings up to a capped amount as indicated in your EPC.

How much money am I likely to make?

To work out how much money you could generate from installing a renewable heating system at your home, use the Government’s: RHI Calculator

How to join the Domestic RHI

You can apply for the Domestic RHI within 12 months of the commissioning date of your renewable heating system. This date will be written on your MCS certificate once your system has been installed.

When registering your details, you will be asked to provide the following information:

  • The MCS certificate number for your renewable heating system.
  • Your Green Deal Advice Report (GDAR) number.
  • Your EPC number.
  • Your bank details so that they can set up your payment

All applications are made through Ofgem (the energy industry regulators)

See Ofgems guidance for completing a Domestic RHI application

Join the Domestic RHI

Get in touch

YES Energy Solutions are energy saving specialists. We work with many different partner organisations to ensure that renewable energy installations remain affordable and accessible.

We can help you connect to an industry approved installer and receive payment through the Domestic RHI scheme.

T: 01422 880100 (office hours: 9am - 5pm, Mon - Fri)

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