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RHI means you can earn money from your Biomass installation

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a Government scheme to encourage the take up of renewable technologies. It is the first of its kind in the world. The scheme aims to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions and help increase the security of the energy supply. A fixed amount will be paid per kilo watt hour (kwhr) of energy that you produce with a biomass boiler. This amount will be paid for 7 years.

Why should you be interested?

How much will you get?

This depends on whether you are applying under the non-domestic or domestic scheme. It also depends on the size of your house and how good your insulation is. In order to get an accurate figure you will need an EPC (energy performance certificate) and a green deal assessment.


Non-Domestic RHI Scheme

This scheme provides financial incentives to the non-domestic sector to increase the uptake of renewable energy. A set amount will be paid for every kWh (kilowatt hour) of heat generated by a supported technology providing you with not only a saving from using fossil fuels but can also provide a return on your investment.

Are you eligible?

If...

...then YES you are eligible!

Funding for renewable technologies

Whilst it is likely that the costs of installing a biomass boiler will be reclaimed in as little as 3 years with the RHI scheme, the initial costs are significant. There are 2 main ways to help fund renewable technology installations – Government schemes and independent private financial institution investments.

Green Deal
Under the Government’s Green Deal, householders may be able to get help with the upfront costs of the renewable heating kit. The Green Deal allows people to pay for energy efficiency improvements including renewable heating systems like biomass installations, through the savings they make on their energy bills.

Domestic RHI Scheme

The Government wants to provide financial help to enable households to replace their current fossil fuel (oil or gas) boiler with a greener alternative. This will help reduce your bills, help reduce carbon emissions and increase the amount of energy that the UK generates from renewables.

Supported technologies include biomass boilers and solar thermal systems that are MCS (Microgeneration certificate Scheme) certified and meet the required standards.

The scheme will pay a set amount for every kWh (kilowatt hour) of heat generated by a supported technology.

The RHI will be paid quarterly over 7 years and is based on the estimated heat demand. There is an extra incentive for applicants who install metering and monitoring service packages.

Are you eligible?

If you ...

...then YES you are eligible!

The Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme ended on 31st March 2014. Anyone who has received a RHPP grant towards their installation is eligible for domestic RHI once they have generated enough heat to repay the value of their grant.

More information can be found at:

http://www.microgenerationcertification.org/finance-incentives/rhi-rhpp
http://www.hetas.co.uk/consumer/government-schemes/rhi/