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Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is the world’s first long-term financial support programme for renewable heat.

The Department of Climate Change DECC  launched the RHI in November 2011 with a scheme for the non-domestic sector that provides payments to industry, businesses and public sector organisations.  They have now set out plans for providing longer term support for homeowners.

DECC plan to open the household scheme in spring 2014, but in the meantime for domestic customers there is a householder voucher scheme that is currently available. The RHPP scheme has been extended for a further year to March 2014 to provide continued support for households until the domestic RHI is introduced.

The RHI pays participants of the scheme that generate and use renewable energy to heat their buildings.  By increasing the generation of heat from renewable energy sources (instead of fossil fuels), the RHI helps the UK reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet targets for reducing the effects of climate change.

The RHI is the main scheme of our heat strategy.


The non-domestic RHI scheme

The non-domestic RHI scheme has been open to commercial, industrial, public sector, not for profit and heat networks since November 2011. The scheme is designed to bridge the gap between the cost of fossil fuel heat installations and renewable heat alternatives through financial support for owners.

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The domestic RHI scheme

The scheme is for householders looking to replace their current heating system with a supported renewable heat technology and householders who have installed a renewable heat technology since 15 July 2009. The domestic RHI will pay owners the following:




Biomass boilers

Solar thermal panels





At least 19.2 p/kWh

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