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 (including biomass) 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 renewable heat incentive (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 for the RHI:

  • 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

Typically planning permission is not needed when installing a biomass boiler in a domestic property as long as all the works are internal. A flue will always be required, but as long as it is on the rear or side…

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According to the Department for Business, Energy & industrial Strategy (BEIS), the total forecast expenditure as of April 30, 2019 was £907 million. This represents the amount of tariff payments the BEIS anticipate it is committed to, based on application…

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We’re really pleased to see that calls to the Ofgem RHI helpline are up by around 90% and RHI applications have increased from January to March, in comparison to October to December. The quantity of accreditations is up by 38%. Treco…

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At Treco, we pride ourselves at our helpful, supportive and transparent service. From speaking to clients from in excess of 700 installations, we realise that’s not the experience everyone has with their biomass boiler installer. We have complied a list of…

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