Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive

09/11/20 - The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (Domestic RHI) is a government financial incentive to promote the use of renewable heat. Switching to heating systems that use eligible energy sources can help the UK reduce its carbon emissions and meet its renewable energy targets.

The four eligible renewable technologies are biomass boilers and stoves, ground source and air source heat pumps, and solar thermal panels. In addition to the renewable technology being one of the four eligible technologies which can be accredited under the scheme the specific product make and model must also be eligible.

People who join the scheme and stick to its rules receive quarterly payments for seven years for the amount of clean, green renewable heat it’s estimated their system produces. The applicant must own or occupy the property the renewable technology heats.

Councillor Helen Skinner, Chair of the Environment and Climate Change Committee at Broxtowe Borough Council says:

“Schemes like this are essential in helping people improve the energy efficiency of their homes, whilst still keeping them warm places to be. With many household bills difficult to manage this year and the environment still in great need of our help to recover from our impact, there has never been a better time to look at the carbon footprint of our homes and ask what we can do better”.

Since opening in April 2014, the scheme has already seen thousands of people successfully join and receive payments. The scheme is open to anyone who can meet the joining requirements. It’s for households both off and on the gas grid although those without mains gas have the most potential to save on fuel bills and decrease carbon emissions.

The link to the essential guide to applicants is here: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/system/files/docs/2018/07/essentialguideforapplicants_july_2018.pdf (Opens in a New Window)

Joining requirements can be found here: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes/domestic-rhi/applicants/apply-domestic-rhi/before-you-start (Opens in a New Window)

More about the incentive can be found here: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes/domestic-rhi/about-domestic-rhi (Opens in a New Window)

The scheme will remain open to applications until 31 March 2022 and applications can be taken via Ofgem’s website. Providing applicants have all the relevant information to hand and the application doesn’t need to be manually reviewed, they should receive an immediate decision.

If those wishing to apply are unable to apply online, they can contact Ofgem’s Domestic RHI Applicant Support Centre on 0300 003 0744 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm or email: domesticRHI@ofgem.gov.uk (Opens in a New Email Window)


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