What is it?

The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a government financial incentive to encourage a switch to renewable heating systems. If you join and comply with the scheme rules, participants will receive RHI payments quarterly in arrears for seven years. It’s a way to help the UK reduce its carbon emissions.  The UK Government expects the RHI to make a significant contribution towards their 2020 ambition of having 15 per cent of heating coming from renewable sources. The Renewable Heat Incentive is the first of its kind in the world.

What do you need to apply

The four eligible renewable technologies are biomass boilers and stoves, ground source and air source heat pumps and solar thermal panels. To be able to apply you must have an MCS certificate for your installation, a domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for the property and in most cases a Green Deal Advice Report (GDAR).

We have a local company at hand to carry out your Green Deal Assessment and EPC please contact Warwickshire Renewables to arrange.

How much can you expect to be paid

Payment calculations are based on an estimate of how much heat your home will require from a renewable heating system and how it will perform once installed.

If you qualify for the scheme and continue to meet your obligations, you’ll get 28 quarterly payments over seven years. In most cases, these payments will be calculated based on your technology, the ‘deemed heat load’ of your property as stated on your EPC (an estimate of how much heat you use to heat your home), and whether you have received any previous funding for your heating system.


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 ground source heat pumps (GSHP), air source heat pumps (ASHP), biomass systems and solar thermal technologies. The support rates will vary depending on the technology installed. All tariffs are payable on the amount of renewable heat generated:

Click here to find out the latest tariff for your chosen technology

Find out how much you could receive through the RHI calculator


For more information

•       Pre-application enquiries by ESAS in England & Wales: 0300 123 1234

•       www.ofgem.gov.uk/domestic-rhi

•       RHI enquiry line: 0845 200 2122

•       Email: [email protected]