In 2014, the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (OFGEM) launched the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). This was to promote the use of renewable methods and installation within homes to help achieve the UK’s targets for reducing carbon emissions.
Thousands of homeowners have received RHI payments over the period of 7 years. The amount you can receive in payments can cover between 50-80% of the installation cost of your Air Source Heat Pump.
Our RHI Calculator will give you an idea of the RHI payments you could receive and potential energy bill savings:
Do I qualify for the RHI payments scheme?
The scheme is open to anyone who can meet specific requirements. There is a detailed guide from OFGEM that you can download here: Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Essential Guide for Applicants
Here are some key points:
Is your property eligible?
Firstly, to apply for the Domestic RHI, you must provide a domestic EPC number. A domestic EPC is issued for a property on the basis that it’s a ‘dwelling’ which includes most individual properties that are used primarily as homes..
Your property is eligible for the Domestic RHI if:
- Your renewable technology heats a single domestic property
- The property has an integral home office or studio.
- You are using renewable technology that heats a single property made up of multiple buildings
- Your renewable technology provides heat to a main house with a domestic EPC and outbuildings that form part of the same property (eg garages, pool houses, sheds, games rooms and gyms) you can apply for the Domestic RHI.
- Your renewable heating product must be certified under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), or equivalent.
- The installation of your renewable heating product must have an MCS Certificate. Also, it must have been installed by an MCS certified installer.
- Products and installations that don’t have an MCS Certificate won’t be eligible for the Domestic RHI.
Secondly, the applicant must own or occupy the property .
Timing of the commissioning of your renewable technology:
Third, the renewable technology must be installed after the property is first occupied, unless the property is a ‘custom-build’ (see below).
To be eligible for the scheme as a custom-build, you must meet the following criteria:
- The property must have been built principally using the labour or resources of the first owner. So, if you are liable to repay a loan, this is considered to be a part of your own resource.
- The date the property was first occupied must be after the first commissioning date of the renewable technology
- The first owner and all subsequent owners of the property must be individuals. If at any stage the property has been owned by a non individual (eg a company), the renewable heating system will be ineligible.
To complete the application form for the Domestic RHI, you’ll require:
- Your Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)certificate number
- Your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
- Your bank details for the account to which you want the payments made. The details you use for your application must be the same as on your bank account.
- Your metering questions, if you need to be metered
- Invoices or records stating both the cost of the system and labour to install. They can be approximations, and this will not affect your payments or eligibility.
Lastly, we’re here to help! When applying, we ensure the RHIS application is processed as quickly and as efficiently as possible.