Government RHI and FIT

The UK Government’s domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), allows you to receive quarterly cash payments over a seven year period if you plan to install or have already installed an eligible renewable heating technology such as an Air Source Heat Pump.

We recommend that you read the essential guide for applicants produced by OFGEM.

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a UK Government scheme created to encourage uptake of eco heat technologies amongst businesses, householders and communities through financial incentives. It is the first resource of its kind in the world and the UK Government expects the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme to contribute towards the 2020 ambition of 12.5% of heating coming from renewable heating appliances. You may be interested to see the underpinning regulations as stated by the Kyoto Agreement.

Launched on 9/4/14, the RHI provides financial support to you and your renewable heating system for seven years. The scheme covers England, Scotland and Wales.

The Government's 'Department of Energy and Climate Change' (DECC) makes the key policy decisions and the energy regulator Ofgem are the administrators of the scheme. The policy documents can be found on the UK Government website. The eligibility standards and rules of the scheme are on Ofgem's website.

Ofgem have also published case studies from the domestic RHI.  


The table below summarises the latest tariffs available for each technology:


Air Source Heat Pumps


Ground Source Heat Pumps

Solar Thermal

Tariff (p/k Wh of renewable heating)

(Applications between 1st July 2015 and 30th Sept. 2015 incl.) 

7.42 7.14 19.10 19.51

Tariff (p/k Wh renewable heat)

(Applications between 1st Oct. 2015 and 31st Dec. 2015 incl.) 

7.42 6.43 19.10 19.51


Application Process

What eco systems can I claim RHI support for?

  • Biomass woodburing 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, log stoves, pellet burners without back boilers and a hybrid PVT will not be supported.

Water source heat pumps may be eligible for the Domestic RHI as they are included in the definition of a ground source heat pump.

Who can apply?

  • Owner occupiers, self builders, private landlords and registered providers of Social Housing who have installed the appropriate technology can apply for RHI support (providing you meet the eligibility criteria).
  • Single domestic properties are also covered.
  • RHI support is not available to new builds (apart from self-build projects).

You must apply within one year of the activation date of your system.

To apply you will need (we can help you here)

  • MCS installation certificate number for the installed system
  • Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
  • Green Deal advice report number (unless you are a self-builder or a social landlord)
  • Your bank details

If you have received a grant from Government or public funds you will also need to provide these details:

  • 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 and SPF: the Seasonal Performance Factor
  • If you are applying for RHI for systems requiring metering will also need to fill out the Installer Metering Questions form.

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