After much anticipation, the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been launched today (9th April 2014), offering homeowners payments to offset the cost of installing solar thermal, heat pump and biomass technologies.
Applications are open now, so installers looking to help their customers take advantage of the domestic RHI can start the ball rolling. The domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is the world’s first long-term financial support programme for renewable heat, and is open to everyone – home owners, social and private landlords, and people who build their own homes.
- Heat pumps: Both ground and air source. As air source heat pumps are likely to be the most popular technology, suitable for most homes, we’ve launched an air source only heat pump course. Click here for details.
- Solar thermal hot water: Suitable for almost any property with a sunny roof, evacuated tube panels and liquid filled plate panels are both covered by the domestic RHI.
- Biomass: Wood fuelled heating running on pellets, chips or logs. We’re launching a biomass training course in the coming months. Contact us for more information.
Only one space heating system is allowed per property but homeowners can apply for solar thermal and a space heating system.
The guaranteed payments are made quarterly over seven years for households in England, Wales and Scotland. (Northern Ireland has its own RHI scheme). The scheme is designed to bridge the gap between the cost of fossil fuel heat sources and renewable heat alternatives.
To apply for the domestic RHI and find out more, visit: www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes/domestic-renewable-heat-incentive
Want to train for less? Vouchers are still available under the RHI Training Support scheme, with prerequisite courses now also covered. Click here for more information.
Apply for vouchers at www.rhitraining.co.uk.