RHI

Domestic RHI

Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a scheme run by the department of enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) that provides financial support to Non-domestic Renewable heat generators and producers of biomethane who are based in Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland domestic Renewable Heat Incentive is to encourage people to switch to renewable heating systems and reduce carbon emissions. If you join and meet the requirements you’ll get an upfront sum and a payment every year for the following seven years.

The scheme is for heating systems for single homes. You need a domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) to prove that the property is assessed as a ‘domestic dwelling’. If you can’t get an EPC you won’t be able to apply for the scheme.

Eligible heating systems

The eligible renewable heating system types are:

  • Biomass
  • Air source heat pumps
  • Ground source heat pumps
  • Solar thermal panels - flat plate or evacuated tube only

 

Domestic RHI payments

Domestic RHI payments have two elements, an upfront payment paid when you are accepted into the scheme and an ongoing incentive payment paid annually. The upfront payment is a set amount based on your technology and the ongoing payment varies depending on the heat requirements/use in your property.

Upfront payments

Type of heating     

Payment

Biomass

£2,500

Air source heat pump            

£1,700

Ground source heat pump     

£3,500

Solar thermal

£  320

If you have already received support under the RHPP you will receive the ongoing payment only.

 

Ongoing payments

The ongoing payments are calculated multiplying a tariff with the heat demand/use in your home.

The current tariff rates in pence per kilo watt hour (p/kWh) are as follows:

Type of heating     

Tariff

Biomass

5.6p/kWh

Air source heat pump            

3.5p/kWh

Ground source heat pump     

8.2p/kWh

Solar thermal

13.5p/kWh

 

 (These will be reviewed annually according to the Retail Price Index)

About payments

For most scheme members, payments are made on an estimation of your heating system’s annual heat use.

For biomass and heat pump systems we take the heat load figure on your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

For solar thermal, we use a figure calculated from information on your MCS certificate.

Some people (for instance those with a back-up heating system such as an oil boiler, or with a property which is a second home) will have to install meters and submit regular readings.

Contact us for more information on the domestic RHI.

 

Commercial RHI

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 RHI provides support for renewable heat technologies for the lifetime of the installation (to a max of 20 years) payments will be made on quarterly basis and determined by the actual heat output of the system therefore heat meters will be required for each installation.

The annual tariff under the RHI scheme is as follows:

Biomass Boilers

Size range

Tariff

Length of tariff

Less than 20kWth

6.6p/kWh

20 years

20kWth and above, up to but not including 100kWth

6.3p/kWh

20 years

100kWth and above up to but not including 1000kWth

1.5p/kWh

20 years

Ground Source Heat Pump

Size Range

 Tariff

Length of tariff

Less than 20kWth

 8.9p/kWh

20 years

20kWth and above, up to but not including 100kWth

 4.5p/kWh

20 years

100kWth and above up to but not including 1000kWth

 1.5p/kWh

20 years

Solar Thermal

Size Range

 Tariff

Length of tariff

Below 200kWth

 9.0p/kWh

20 years

Contact us for more information on the commercial RHI.