What is the RHI ?
The domestic renewable heat incentive (RHI) is a government-funded scheme administered by Ofgem. it aims to encourage an increase in the proportion of heat generated by renewable technologies by offering fixed, tax free, index-linked regular payments to household choosing to generate heat by using the available renewable technologies.
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Applying for the RHI
Broadly speaking the Domestic RHI scheme is for heating systems for single homes. The starting point is that your renewable heating system is in a property capable of getting a domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The EPC is the proof we need that your property is assessed as a domestic ‘dwelling’. Without one you can’t apply and won’t be able to join the scheme.
Depending on meeting the eligibility criteria anyone can apply. That includes people that own the homes they live in, private and registered social landlords and self-builders.
If those categories don’t apply to you, you may want to find out more about the Non-Domestic RHI scheme. It’s for renewable heating systems that are fitted in industrial, commercial or public premises.
It also covers heating systems that heat more than one home, such as two houses or a block of flats. It has different eligibility requirements and a separate application process.