Non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive
The non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a government financial incentive designed to increase the uptake of renewable heat technologies and reduce carbon emissions, by compensating the installation of eligible heating systems.
It is a key way for the UK to meet its renewable energy target of 15% by 2020, as required by the European Union. Broadly speaking, the scheme provides a subsidy per kWh of eligible renewable heat generated from accredited installations and by registered producers of biomethane.
Eligible non-domestic renewable heat generators are entitled to a subsidy, payable for 20 years.
Am I eligible for non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive payments?
The Non-Domestic RHI is generally for those with renewable heating systems in commercial, public, or industrial premises. This can include small and large businesses, hospitals, schools and organisations with district heating schemes where one heating system serves multiple homes. The applicant must be the owner of the installation and the plant must be an eligible renewable heat technology type and size.
How do I apply?
Applications for non-domestic RHI payments are made online, following the process shown below:
Eligible Heating Systems
The eligible renewable heating systems for the non-domestic RHI scheme depend upon the date of installation.
The following systems are eligible, provided they were installations were completed and the plant first commissioned on or before July 15th 2009:
Biogas below 200kWth
Ground and Water Source Heat pumps
Energy from Waste
The following technology types must have been first commissioned on or after 4 December 2013 to be eligible:
Air to Water Heat Pumps
Biogas 200kWth and above
A CHP system which generates heat from either solid biomass, biogas or waste in combination with any other source of energy
Your heating system must meet certain technology specific criteria to be deemed eligible for RHI payments, depending upon the heating system type. The non-domestic RHI tariff is updated quarterly.