What is the Renewable Heat Incentive?

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About the RHI scheme

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a UK government scheme set up to encourage the uptake of renewable heat technologies among householders, communities and businesses through the provision of financial incentives. The UK government expects the RHI to make a significant contribution towards the targets set for the reduction of emissions by 2020. 

In November 2015, the UK government renewed its commitment to the transition to a low carbon economy by confirming a continued budget for the RHI out to 2020/21. Following a series of consultations from March-April 2016, the government finalised a package of reforms to the RHI schemes in December 2016. It was unclear as to when proposed changes will take effect, following the announcement of the General Election.

It has now been decided that the government's raft of changes to its world's first Renewable Heat Incentive will be implemented on September 20, 2017, with the other changes announced in the December 2016 reform being planned to follow later in 2017/2018.

There are two categories to the RHI:

Points to consider to qualify:

  • Your biomass system must have been installed after July 15, 2009.
  • Emission levels  must be below a maximum 30g g/GJ Particulates and 150g/Gj Nitrogen Oxide; and
  • Installations below 45kW must be Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accredited.

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