Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) scheme

What is RHI?

The Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) scheme was launched on April 9th 2014, it is classed as a “financial incentive” scheme which has been designed to encourage the uptake of renewable heating system installations among domestic consumers.

The scheme is not open to new build property projects, unless they are classed as self-builds. This means they are not carried out by a “property developer”, rather someone who is building a home (or homes) for themselves.

RHI is best suited to homes which are “off grid”- meaning they are without access to mains gas. These homes will have the most potential for savings on fuel bills and decrease carbon emissions.

What do I get from being involved in the RHI scheme?

As described, the scheme operates as a “financial incentive” which means that for every unit of heat generated via a renewable energy source you will receive a payment.

RHI Tariffs

The following domestic RHI tariffs are as follows:

Applications submitted Biomass boilers and stoves Air source heat pumps Ground source heat pumps Solar thermal
01/10/15 – 31/12/15 6.43p 7.42p 19.10p 19.51p
01/01/16 – 31/03/16 5.14p 7.42p 19.10p 19.51p

Notes about the tariffs: Correct as of February 2016.
– the tariffs have been set at a level that reflects the expected cost of renewable heat generation over 20 years.
– payments will be made on a quarterly basis over a seven year period.

If you are thinking about installing a renewable heating system then an online tool has been developed to help you calculate how much you might receive through the Domestic RHI Scheme. You can visit

For useful information on the renewable energy heating systems included in the tariff and how they work – a visit to Which’s website might be useful.

Frequently asked questions about renewable energy

I’ve heard I’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate, is this true?

Yes. The key to be able to take advantage of the RHI scheme is that the renewable heating system heats only a single property which is capable of obtaining a domestic EPC (Energy Performance Certificate). This certificate is the proof needed that your property is assessed as a domestic dwelling, without one your application to the scheme will be unsuccessful and you will not be able to claim RHI.

What does an EPC include and how can I get one for my property?

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) confirms the dwelling is classed as “domestic” and includes information about a property’s energy use as well as recommendations on how to reduce energy and save you money.

EPC’s are required every time you buy, sell or rent a property. They are also included as part of a Green Deal Assessment. Obtaining an EPC for your domestic property is crucial to applying for RHI.

If you already have renewable energy source heating installed and need an Energy Performance Certificate we can arrange that for you. Just call us on 01353 862315 or contact us via our enquiry form.

Contact us about installing a renewable energy heating system installation

If you would like to consider your options and see if you are eligible for the RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) scheme for domestic, give Clarity Heating a call on 01353 862315 or use our online enquiry form.

We will be able to carry out a site survey and advise you if you can have any of the renewable heating products from the RHI tariff installed, and arrange the necessary EPC too.

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