What is the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive and how does it work?
Do you want to reduce your carbon footprint, cut your energy bills and earn some extra income from the renewable energy your produce? Of course you do! The government’s Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is the perfect motivating initiative to produce renewable heat in your home! Similar to the Feed-in Tariff, which rewards households for generating renewable electricity, the RHI gives you the opportunity to earn a fixed income for every kilowatt hour of heat you generate.
Moreover, the UK is leading the way. The Domestic RHI initiative is the first of its kind in the world. The government expects the RHI to significantly contribute towards the 2020 ambition of 12% of heating coming from renewable sources. As a result it’s worth noting that you do have to meet certain criteria to be eligible to receive the RHI.
- Savings on your heating bills
- Broad criteria meaning anyone can apply
- Get paid for using renewable heat technology
- Cut your carbon footprint
- Become self-sufficient in energy
What is Covered with the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive?
Over seven years, the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive gives households quarterly cash payments if they install or have already installed an eligible renewable heating technology. These renewable technologies include the following, all of which Eclipse Energy supply, install and maintain:
- Biomass (wood fuelled) boilers,
- Biomass pellet stoves with integrated boilers providing space heating,
- Ground to water heat pumps,
- Air to water heat pumps,
- Solar thermal panels (flat plate or evacuated tube only) providing hot water for your home.
Criteria for Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive
So what’s the catch with this generous governement scheme that is administered by energy regulator Ofgem E-Serve? Considering you could earn up to £4,500, depending on what renewable heat technology you install, (click here for more detailed information on what you could earn) there is surprisingly little criteria for being eligible for the RHI. Because of this everyone from households, landlords, businesses, farmers, schools, hospitals, care homes and more could apply. Consequently the RHI can even be used by entire communities, coming together to invest in a renewable scheme from which they will all use the heat and share the income.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) makes important decisions on the policy of the RHI and has made a number of changes to the policy that come into force on March 24th. Changes include applicants no longer needing to submit the results of a Green Deal Assessments. The purpose of these assessments was to provide applicants with information on the efficiency measures that were suitable for their homes. For more information on the new changes to the RHI policy being implemented click here.
Click here to read more about the criteria for applying for the Renewable Heat Incentive.
How Do I Apply?
- You need to have installed one of the renewable heat technologies listed above in your home. If you have not yet done this, Eclipse Energy can advise you. We can then help you install biomass boilers, solar panels or other renewable technologies.
- You then measure how much energy your renewable systems generate. Our experienced and friendly team of assessors can do this on your behalf. They will come to your home at a time which is convenient for you to carry out an energy efficiency assessment. Once the assessment is complete we will issue you with an Energy Performance Certificate. This will grade your home’s energy efficiency levels from Grade A (the most efficient rate) to Grade ‘G’. This certificate is valid for ten years. You will need this Energy Efficiency Certificate, that must be no older than 2 years old, when you apply to the RHI.
- You can apply for the Renewable Heat Incentive here on Ofgem’s website. As well as an Energy Performance Certificate number for your home, you will also need your bank details and MCS Installation certificate number for your home’s heating system. Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) is a nationally recognised quality assurance scheme, backed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. We are accredited by MCS, therefore all our installers and products are too, meaning if we install your renewable heat technology, you are part way to being eligible for the RHI.
- Our Team at Eclipse Energy are available to answer any questions you may have about applying for the RHI scheme. So contact us today for more information.