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The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (Domestic RHI)

Exciting news at last! The RHI which has been running for several years has now been given a much needed boost to promote the use of renewable heat. This is good news especially when combining an Air Source Heat Pump with Solar PV to off set running costs.

Consumers switching to heating systems that use eligible energy sources can help the UK reduce its carbon emissions and meet its renewable energy targets & benefit from increased subsidies from Spring 2017.

People who qualify can receive quarterly payments for seven years for the amount of clean, green renewable heat it’s estimated their system produces. 

The following information from the Energy Saving Trust outlines the scheme including recent changes to be introduced soon!(This is not an exhaustive list of changes to the scheme and further information can be found in the full RHI consultation response available on the DBEIS website.)

  • The tariffs for new Air Source Heat Pumps will be increased to 10.02 pence per kilowatt-hour (p/kWh).

  • The tariffs for new Ground Source Heat Pumps will be increased to 19.55p/kWh.

  • This increased tariff will be applicable to those participants who apply to the scheme on or after 14 December 2016 (the date the consultation response was published) although the increased tariffs will only apply from the date the regulations come into force. Participants will receive the existing tariffs for heat used (on the basis of either deeming or metering) before this point. This approach is intended to encourage consumers to continue to install renewable heating systems between the date of the consultation response and the date the changes come into force, to avoid a hiatus in investment and consequential impacts on the supply chain.

  • Heat demand limits will be introduced, to limit the level of annual heat demand in respect of which any household can receive support. The heat demand limits will be set at 20,000kWh for ASHPs, 25,000kWh for biomass boilers and stoves and 30,000kWh for GSHPs. However, this will not disqualify properties with higher heat demands from applying to the scheme. There will be no heat demand limit for solar thermal.

  • All new ASHPs and GSHPs applying for support under the scheme will be required to have electricity metering to monitor their heating system. However, payments will continue to be on the basis of the deemed heating requirements of the property, except for second homes and where a renewable heating system is installed alongside another heating system, in which cases payments will continue to be on the basis of heat metering.

  • There is also a Non-Domestic RHI for business owners - please contact us for more information.

    

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