The Renewable Heat Incentive for Heat Pumps

Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) initiative which allows those who choose to install renewable heat sources in their property to receive payment per kilowatt hour (kWh) of heat produced.

The RHI has two phases:

  • Phase 1 - RHI payments for heat produced in non-domestic installations (i.e. those in businesses, industry and the public sector). This phase is currently in effect and is open for applications.
  • Phase 2 - payments for heat produced by domestic installations, which the DECC plans to introduce in spring 2014.

The current tariffs for the non-domestic RHI are as follows:[1]

Non-Domestic RHI Chart

The crrent tariff ranges (updated august 2nd 2013) for the domestic RHI are as follows:[2]

Domestic RHI Heat Pump Chart

In order to be eligible for RHI tariff payments, the property must satisfy the above conditions. Moreover, the installation must be carried out by a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accredited installer, who will also install a generation meter.

NB. The RHI is not available for air-to-air heat pumps.

For more information on non-domestic RHI, see the energy regulator Ofgem’s website:

For information about the domestic RHI, see the DECC website:



[1] DECC tariff table for non-domestic RHI:

[2] ‘Renewable Heat Incentive: Consultation on proposals for a domestic scheme’, Department for Energy and Climate Change, p. 54. Available at

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