Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
If you are looking at changing your heating systems this could be for you. This scheme currently supports non-domestic installations in the industrial, business and public sectors.
RHI provides a subsidy per unit of eligible renewable heat generated from accredited installations. It is designed to cut carbon emissions by encouraging change from fossil fuels (such as coal and oil) to renewable energy sources (such as solar, wind and biomass).
The following renewable heat technologies are supported:
- solid biomass and solid biomass contained in municipal waste (including CHP)
- ground and water source heat pumps
- geothermal (including CHP)
- solar thermal (at capacities of less than 200 kWth)
- biogas combustion (except from landfill gas but including CHP; at capacities of less than 200 kWth)
- biomethane injection.
Participants will need to meet requirements about what the heat is used for, how it is metered and other sources of funding. If eligibility criteria are met and other obligations continue to be met, then payments will be made quarterly for 20 years.
For large and complex systems that are yet to be commissioned a process of Preliminary Accreditation is in place.
This is likely to be a long term sustainable investment for your business. Please start by reading the full guidance from Ofgem and if you decided to go ahead, work with a knowledgeable specialist installer.