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Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) launched today

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) launched today

This article was originally posted in 2011.


The government has today launched the domestic RHI to homeowners to aid them in their acquisition of low carbon systems.

The scheme has been in the pipeline for some time and has been fraught with complications, but has now been made available to consumers. The payment offers the world’s first long-term financial support mechanism for renewable heating devices and related technologies.

The scheme does not discriminate and is open to new builds, private and social landlords, home owners and off grid installations.

Technologies currently eligible for the scheme include:

The Tariffs available are:

Technology Tariff
Air-source 7.3p/kWh
Ground and water-source heat pumps 18.8p/kWh
Biomass-only boilers and biomass pellet stoves with integrated boilers 12.2p/kWh
Solar thermal panels (flat plate and evacuated tube models for hot water only) 19.2p/kWh

The payments will be made quarterly and over a 7 year period, however only one renewable energy heating system will be eligible per property, but if there are 2 devices one for hot water the other for heating they will both be eligible.

Greg Barker the Minister for Energy said:

“This is the first scheme of its kind in the world – showing yet again that the UK is leading the way in the clean energy sector."

"Not only will people have warmer homes and cheaper fuel bills, they will reduce their carbon emissions, and will also get cash payments for installing these new technologies."

"It opens up a market for the supply chain, engineers and installers – generating growth and supporting jobs as part of our long-term economic plan.”

For more information on the RHI and its benefits visit our renewable energy information pages.


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