Are you Eligible for Domestic RHI?

All kinds of people are eligible for Domestic RHI. Take a look to see whether you could benefit from the scheme’s payments.


All kinds of people are eligible for Domestic RHI. You could benefit from sending in an application if you are:


- An owner occupier, including for second homes

- A private landlord of a rented property

- A social landlord

- A self-builder of a new home

- A legacy installer who fitted an eligible renewable heat measure at any point since 15 July 2009

- A third party owner of a heating system.


Any other new build housing is not eligible.


The scheme is intended for systems which heat only one domestic property. Therefore, any system which heats more than one dwelling (such as in a block of many flats) may be eligible to apply for the non-domestic first phase of the scheme. Any payments will go to the owner of the scheme, and DECC expects the scheme to run until March 2021.


Can private landlords apply?

Providing you own the system, you will be able to apply. If you are successful, you will receive the RHI payments but you will be expected to get the necessary permissions from any tenants living in your properties for installation of the system and so that you are in compliance with the requirements on maintenance and possible site visits.


What qualifies as a ‘self builder’?

This is somebody who has built or commissioned a home for themselves, either building the structure themselves or by working alongside the builders.


I have already fitted a renewable heat system. Am I eligible for domestic RHI?

Yes, providing you fitted the system after 15 July 2009, and have not received public funding since then (apart from the renewable heat premium payment scheme [RHPP] which will be taken from the RHI payments you receive). You will fall under the heading ‘legacy installation’.


What is meant by a third party owner of a heating scheme?

What is meant by this is that the heating system is leased. You may be familiar with solar PV ‘rent a roof’ systems. What happens is that a company leases the biomass boiler or any other renewable heating technology, and then they are eligible for domestic RHI.


What are the criteria for legacy installations?

People who wish to apply under the legacy scheme must have installed their renewable hating systems since 15 July 2009 and before the launch of the scheme in early 2014. There are two exceptions to the eligibility criteria for legacy applicants:

1 – The installation must meet the MCS standards that applied at the installation time, rather than the standards in place at the time of application.

2 – Installations do not have to meet the air quality requirements that will apply from the time at which the scheme launches for new applicants only.


Which Technologies are eligible for domestic RHI?

Various renewable heat technologies are covered by the domestic RHI scheme. They are:


- Air source heat pumps (ASHP): these will to begin with only be ASHP which heat water (i.e. air to water)


- Biomass boilers and wood pellet stoves with back boilers: these will have to meet 99% of the peak spacing heating load to qualify for eligibility. Biomass systems will have to meet the relevant air quality and fuel sustainability standards.


- Ground and water source heat pumps (GSHP)


- Solar thermal hot water panels: only hot plate and evacuated tube solar panels will be eligible for domestic RHI


All technologies and installers must be MCS certified or equivalent and the installer must be a member of the renewable energy consumer code (RECC).


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