Under the UK Government’s domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, you could receive quarterly cash payments over seven years if you install or have already installed an eligible renewable heating technology. RHI

The domestic RHI was launched on 9th April 2014 and provides financial support to the owner of the renewable heating system for seven years. The scheme covers England, Wales and Scotland and is targeted at – but not limited to – off-gas households.

You must use an MCS Accredited Installer to be eligible for the scheme. Miller Installations is fully approved and accredited and can help you with all aspects of the RHI. We have included some useful information below, as well as links to publications and documents that explain the scheme in more detail.

Should you wish to discuss any aspect of the scheme, you are welcome to contact us for no-obligation advice and information on 01692 218040 or email info@millerinstallations.com.

What is the RHI?
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a UK Government scheme set up to encourage uptake of renewable heat technologies amongst householders, communities and businesses through financial incentives. It is the first of its kind in the world and the UK Government expects the RHI to contribute towards the 2020 ambition of 12% of heating coming from renewable sources.
What could I earn with the RHI?

RHI cash payments are made quarterly over seven years. The amount you receive will depend on a number of factors – including the technology you install, the latest tariffs available for each technology and – in some cases – metering.
You can estimate how much money you could earn through RHI using the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)’s RHI payment calculator.

What technologies can I claim RHI support for?

– Biomass (wood fuelled) boilers
– Biomass pellet stoves with integrated boilers providing space heating
– Ground to water heat pumps
– Air to water heat pumps
– Solar thermal panels (flat plate or evacuated tube only) providing hot water for your home

Air to air heat pumps, all log stoves, pellet stoves without back boilers and hybrid PVT are not supported. Water source heat pumps can potentially be eligible for the Domestic RHI – they are included in the definition of a ground source heat pump.

Who can apply for RHI?

– Owner-occupiers, self-builders, private landlords and registered providers of Social Housing who have installed an eligible technology can apply for RHI support (provided they meet eligibility criteria).
– Single domestic dwellings are covered.
– Support is not available to new build properties (other than self-build projects).
You must apply within one year of the commissioning date of your system.

The OFGEM Eligibility Checklist provides more information on whether you are eligible for RHI support.

How do I apply for RHI?

You can apply for RHI via Ofgem’s website. Providing you have all the relevant information to hand and your application does not require a manual review, you should receive an immediate decision. To check if your application will need manual review, visit Ofgem’s website. If you are unable to apply online then you can contact Ofgem via their Domestic RHI Applicant Support Centre on 0300 003 0744 Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:00 or by emailing: DomesticRHI@ofgem.gov.uk.

What documents will I need to apply?

– MCS installation certificate number for the heating system
– Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) number
– Green Deal advice report number (unless you are a self-builder or a social landlord). Amends to scheme eligibility due to come into force on 24 March 2016 will mean new applicants will be exempt from this requirement.
– Bank details
– If you received a grant from Government or public funds you will also need to provide details of:

The amount you were paid
The date you were paid
Figures regarding the cost of the installation

Please also note:
If you are applying for RHI for heat pumps you will also need the Seasonal Performance Factor (SPF)
If you are applying for RHI for systems requiring metering will also need the Installer Metering Questions form.

Important Changes – Spring 2016

On 3 March 2016 the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced their intention to make a number of changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme.

– New applicants will not be required to provide a Green Deal Advice Report (GDAR)
– New applicants with self-build properties will be exempt from the 183 days occupancy declaration
– Clarification on Ofgem’s powers to request a new Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and amend the RHI payments accordingly if needed
– Tariffs will be subject to adjustment by the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) instead of the Retail Prices Index (RPI) (for participants with a tariff start state from 1 April 2016).
– Ensuring consistency in rounding of tariffs
– Aligning the RHI sustainability criteria with that set out in the Renewables Obligation Order 2015
DECC have also published a consultation to seek feedback on the proposed reforms to the scheme. The renewable heat incentive: a reformed and refocused scheme consultation will close on 27 April 2016.

You should keep these changes in mind if you are planning to apply for the domestic RHI scheme or are considering installing an eligible system. This is not an exhaustive list of changes to the scheme and further information can be found in the Renewable Heat Incentive: amendments to scheme eligibility document on DECC’s site.

Where can I find more information?

The OFGEM website provides essential information on the scheme, including eligibility requirements and application process as well as guides and FAQ’s.
OFGEM has also published an Essential Guide for Applicants, as well as a document detailing various Case Studies.
For free, no obligation advice you can contact us on 01692 218040 or email info@millerinstallations.com.