The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

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. 

About the RHI scheme

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.

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.

Recent RHI news

According to the Department for Business, Energy & industrial Strategy (BEIS), the total forecast expenditure as at October 31, 2017 was £697 million. This represents the amount of tariff payments the BEIS anticipate it is committed to, based on application…

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We have been keeping you informed about the proposed Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) reforms when we last discussed the changes to the RHI and RHI reforms. We imagine you must be on the edge waiting for some more updates on the proposal. The…

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It didn't feel too long ago we were keeping you informed on the latest Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariffs, degression news and updating all our RHI calculators with the new tariffs and yet, here we are again. Before you panic, this is merely…

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Now that the election has come and gone, some of us are still in limbo on a whole host of subjects including the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Prior to the election, BEIS (the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)…

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