Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive

On 12 July 2013 DECC set out the policy framework for introducing longer term support for households. The scheme is for householders looking to replace their current heating system with a supported renewable heat technology (Air Source Heat Pump) and householders who have installed a renewable heat technology since 15 July 2009. The domestic RHI will pay owners the following:

  • The domestic RHI is a UK Government financial support scheme for renewable heat, targeted at, but not limited to, off gas grid households.
  • The domestic RHI scheme covers England, Wales and Scotland only
  • Ofgem guidance isavailable on how to apply and the information that will need to be provided
  • The scheme will cover single domestic dwellings and will be open to owner-occupiers, private landlords, Registered Providers of Social Housing, third party owners of heating systems and self-builders. It will not be open to new build properties other than self-build
  • it will be open to anyone in these groups who installed an eligible technology since 15th July 2009, provided they meet the scheme criteria
  • the financial support will be paid at a set rate per unit of renewable heat produced (kilowatt hour or kWh), for seven years, to the owner of the heating system
  • the scheme will support air source heat pumps (ASHP), biomass systems, ground source heat pumps (GSHP) and solar thermal technologies. The support rates will vary depending on the technology installed
  • for heat pumps the renewable heat generated will be based on an estimate of the heat demand from an EPC combined with an estimate of the heat pump’s efficiency
  • to help improve performance of renewable heating systems, there will be an extra incentive for applicants who install metering and monitoring service packages, of £805 upfront payment and then £134 each subsequent year of RHI.
  • to be eligible the system must be certified under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) scheme and meet relevant standards for each technology
  • all applicants are required to complete a EPC Assessment before applying and to ensure they meet minimum energy efficiency requirements of loft and cavity insulation where required by the GDA

How to apply for accreditation and support

Accreditation for the RHI can be obtained from Ofgem, who are responsible for administering the scheme.

Information on how to apply for support, plus detailed guidance documentation to help you through the process, can be found on the Ofgem website:-

Alternatively you can contact their enquiries centre on 0845 200 2122 or by email to