THE RENEWABLE HEAT INCENTIVE Current Government Grant Funding for Heatpumps & Solar Thermal Panels
The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
What is It?
The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (Domestic RHI) is a government financial incentive to promote the use of renewable heat. Switching to heating systems that use eligible energy sources can help the UK reduce its carbon emissions and meet its renewable energy targets.
People who join the scheme and stick to its rules receive quarterly payments for seven years for the amount of clean, green renewable heat it’s estimated their system produces.
Since opening in April 2014, the scheme has already seen thousands of people successfully join and receive payments.
The application is straightforward and all you require is an MCS Certificate from an approved Installer and a valid EPC (Energy Performance Certificate).
Who's it for?
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is aimed at homeowners, community schemes and businesses. The scheme is open to homeowners, private landlords, Social Housing providers and self builders. It is available to property owners both off and on the gas grid.
It is not open to New Build Developers and Home Build Home Owners (other than if self build).
To be eligible for this scheme the installation must be fitted by a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) installer.
Two schemes: Domestic and Non-Domestic:
The Renewable Heat Incentive has two schemes - Domestic and Non-Domestic.
They have separate tariffs, joining conditions, rules and application processes.
Most private homeowners fall into the Domestic category as this is the area covered in the sheet.
The payments issued will vary from property to property and is calculated based on the annual heating demand found on the properties EPC (Energy Performance Certificate).
Payments have been reasonably stable for a while now however are regularly reviewed by Government and can fluctuate at very short notice. A link to the current tariffs available (correct as at October 2019) is adjacent.
The 183 Day Rule:
The claimant normally has one year from date of commission to apply for the scheme.
The exception to this is if the property has been uninhabited for the six months prior to commission (such as a renovation or self build). Here the 183 day rule will apply. This rule states that the property must be lived in for 183 days prior to the application being submitted.
This does not mean the homeowner loses 183 days worth of payments, it just means that the start is delayed.
Once the installation has been completed and registered with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) and a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) produced, the client can then apply.
This is completed on-line and can be accessed via the link adjacent;
The RHI Grant application was designed to bridge the gap in cost between replacing an existing fossil fuel boiler with a heatpump.
As the grant is paid out over a seven year period it does mean the full cost of the heatpump system must be met in full at installation point by homeowner.
Air Management Solutions Ltd are an MCS Approved Installer and members of the Renewable Energy Consumer Code(RECC).
Should you require further information relating to the RHI Grant, please contact us on 01364 652570 where we will be happy to answer any of your questions.
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