The Domestic RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) was launched in April 2014 allowing home-owners to benefit from funding when installing a renewable heating system. The scheme is designed to encourage people to use renewable heat technologies in their homes to cut carbon emissions, help meet the 2020 renewables target and save money on fuel bills.
Eligibility and Requirements
The scheme is available for home-owners that are both on and off gas grid. People that own the homes they live in, private and registered social landlords and self-builders can all apply. Anyone who has installed a renewable heat technology since the 15th July 2009 and meets the criteria is able to apply.
The renewable heat technology must be in a property capable of getting a domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The EPC is the proof that your property is assessed as a domestic ‘dwelling.’ A Green Deal Assessment is essential when applying for the scheme and this will include an up to date EPC for the applicants home.
Applicants must also make sure that the renewable heating system they choose is eligible.
The following systems are currently included:
• Biomass only boilers and biomass pellet stoves.
• Air source heat pumps.
• Ground source heat pumps.
• Solar thermal panels – flat plate or evacuated tube only
A system within one of the above categories must also meet specific technical requirements and be certified under Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) – the full list of eligible products and requirements is available here.
Should you choose a biomass system you should be aware that from Spring 2015 you will have to meet new sustainable requirements put in place by the government. This will primarily mean that all of your fuel must be sourced from a producer/supplier that is registered on the Biomass Supplier List (BSL). LC Energy have now been approved on this list as a producer for wood chip and we are currently in the process of applying to be registered as a certified pellet supplier.
Domestic RHI Tariffs & Payments
Each quarter the below tariffs are reviewed and may be reduced. To find out how much you could earn from the scheme the Department of Energy and Climate Change have now released an online calculator which can give you a rough idea of what you could expect.
Biomass boilers & Biomass Stoves
Air Source Heat Pumps
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Tariff (per kilowatt hour renewable heat)
Once the application has been processed and accepted the home-owner will then receive quarterly payments for seven years for the amount of clean, green renewable heat their system produces.
For more information on how LC Energy can help you install, maintain and fuel a biomass system, please call us on 08448 751320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org