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Renewable Heat Incentives (RHI) for businesses from 18th Nov 11

Posted on: 2011-11-26 13:51:27

Renewable Heat Incentives (RHI) for businesses from 18th Nov 11

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for businesseswill open for applications on Monday 28 November 2011.  After a short delay due to EU state aid rules, organisations will be able to apply to Ofgem from Monday 28 November and will receive payments on a quarterly basis for heat generated over 20 years.  

Purpose of RHI

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is said to encourage the installation of renewable heating equipment and generation of renewable heat to meet the renewable energy target. The RHI will only include technologies which the EU has considered to be eligible.   

Phase One of the RHI will support the fuels and technologies listed below from its launch on Monday 28th November 2011.

Eligible Technologies

Biomass boilers

Heat pumps (ground, water source)

Deep geothermal

Solar thermal

Heating from biogas combustion

Biomethane injection into the grid

Renewable district or community heating

Renewable combined heat and power (CHP)

Ineligible Technologies

There are a number of technologies and fuels that will not receive support of the RHI.

These are:

Air source heat pumps

Direct air heating


Co-firing of biomass with fossil fuel

Exhaust air heat pumps

Transpired solar thermal panels

Fossil fuel fired CHP

Waste heat from fossil fuel

RHI Scheme

The scheme is being introduced in two phases.

Phase One

Targeted at the non-domestic properties in the industrial, business and public sector as they contribute 38% of the UK’s carbon emissions.

Phase Two

Will include more technologies as well as support for households. The exact timing will be made early in the New Year.

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