The domestic Renewable Heat Incentive
Country / region
England, Wales and Scotland
Name of programme
Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (dRHI)
Type of incentive
Payment to the end-user every ¼ year related to the quantity of energy
Homes that have a domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for the property less than 24 months old at the date of application.
Whoever owns the heating system or occupies the building as:
Different rates are paid according to technology and size. For solar thermal the initial rate during 2017 was 0.2006 Pound Sterling (GBP) per kWh payable for 7 years. Applicants who are already part of the scheme will receive their existing tariff adjusted annually by reference to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The rates for new applicants will be affected by degression in response to demand.
For one solar thermal systems with six or less people. One additional technology with solar thermal is possible. Solar thermal system payments will be calculated using the estimated annual generation figure calculated by the MCS installer on the MCS certificate.
Requirements for system
System to have thermal limit of 45kW for a single renewable heating product. Products may be combined in capacity of not more than 70 kW to meet larger heat demands.
Requirements for installation
Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) former Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
Originally GBP 860 million (for all technologies – domestic and non-domestic). Subject to Parliamentary approval, the second stage of regulation amendments are planned to follow later in 2017/2018 intended to extend the RHI’s budget management mechanism until the end of 2020/21
April 2014, some installations back-dated to 15 July 2009 were eligible
No closure date, but tariffs are regularly reviewed.
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