Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

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Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHI)

Due to the Government's legally binding emissions targets that are outlined in The Climate Change Act 2008, which require the UK's greenhouse gas emission to be reduced to 25% below levels recorded in 1990 by 2017, there are incentives available for the installation and continued use of sustainable fuels to heat both domestic and commercial settings.

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is an environmental programme run by Ofgem on behalf of the Government, that provides financial incentives to increase the uptake of renewable heat. By significantly increasing the proportion of heat generated from renewable sources, currently dominated by fossil fuel technologies, it is hoped that the UK will meet EU targets to reduce carbon emissions and improve fuel sustainability for the future.

The scheme is open to the domestic and non-domestic sector including industrial, commercial, public sector and not-for-profit organisations with eligible installations, and to producers of biomethane. In the context of the scheme, a non-domestic installation is a renewable heat unit that supplies large-scale industrial heating to small community heating projects.

This includes for example small businesses, hospitals and schools as well as district heating schemes such as where one boiler serves multiple homes. All applications are subject to the detailed scheme rules.

The commercial RHI has been in place since November 2011 and the domestic RHI was introduced in 2014, designed with the aim to payback the cost of the initial investment in the technology and to continue to pay for 7 to 20 years depending on the application.

Find out more at the ofgem website

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