What is the Renewable Heat Incentive?
Renewable heats means that a system uses a renewable source of energy to generate heat, rather than a fossil fuel. The domestic RHI will pay the following tariffs per unit of heat generated for seven years:
|Air-source heat pumps||7.3p/kWh|
|Ground and water-source heat pumps||18.8p/kWh|
|Biomass-only boilers and biomass pallet stoves with integrated boilers||12.2p/kWh|
|Solar thermal panels (flat plate and evacuated tube for hot water only)||19.2p/kWh|
Ths scheme will cover single domestic dwellings and will be open to homeowners, private landlords, social landlords and self-builders.
How does it work?
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is the world’s first long-term financial support programme for renewable heat. 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 domestic RHI scheme
It is a financial incentive scheme designed to encourage uptake of renewable heating among domestic consumers. The domestic RHI is targeted at, but not limited to, homes off the gas grid. Those without mains gas have the most potential to save on fuel bills and decrease carbon emissions. The scheme will cover single domestic dwellings and will be open to homeowners, private landlords, social landlords and self-builders. It will not be open to new build properties other than self-build.
The domestic RHI will pay the following tariffs per unit of heat generated for seven years.