The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

What is the RHI?RHIHands

The government has released a grant scheme called RHI which is designed to encourage end users to choose renewable technologies to heat their house over more conventional fossil fuel systems. The idea for the grant is it bridges the cost gap between existing technologies and renewables. The RHI will be paid to the end user quarterly by direct debit for a period of 7 years.

If you already have a heat pump installed:

  • The RHI is open to anyone who has had a qualifying air source heat pump installed in their home since 15th July 2009.
  • If your system was installed after June 2009 but is not registered yet it is now too late to register it.
  • The end user will need to go online to register the system for RHI. The installer will struggle to fill this in as it requires a number of personal details to be filled in. The end user will however need some information from the installer to make this a
  •  simple process.
  • You will have to have an annual maintenance regime in place to get RHI and you will have to declare that nothing has changed to continue getting payments.

If you are considering a heat pump for your house

  • RHI will cover retrofit and self builds only, NOT new builds, BUT if a new build has a heat pump retrofitted after the first owner moves in it will be covered by RHI.
  • Applicants wanting to claim for RHI will need an Energy performance certificate completed before any renewables are installed. The energy performance certificate is what will determine how much RHI you are eligible for. You will not be paid for exact kWh used, even if a meter is installed.
  • Both the installation and the installer will have to be MCS registered.
  • The RHPP (one off payment) is no longer available for new installations.
  • The RHI will only cover systems considered to be highly efficient; all installations of heat pumps need to reach an average seasonal efficiency SPF of above 2.5. Luckily MCS governs this for us and gives the installer guidelines on how to achieve this, a star rating is used to make life simple and your system will have to achieve a star rating of more than 3 to qualify for RHI.
  • You can only have RHI for one thermal technology + solar thermal hot water. If you are consider a selection of heat technologies your installer will advise which one is best to claim the RHI on.
  • Bi Valent or Hybrid systems will be allowed if a heat meter is installed, in this case you will only get rhi for the renewable heat provided not the bit the fossil fuel boiler covers. This will be estimated by the installer for you.
  • You will have to have an annual maintenance regime in place to get RHI and you will have to declare that nothing has changed to continue getting payments.
  • There is an optional metering and monitoring package available on all heat pump systems. If one of these systems are installed you will receive an extra £230 on top of your RHI payments.
  • There are full guides for end users and installers available here

Example of how much your customers get

Customers with an air source heat pump will receive 7.3p p/kWhr of renewable heat provided into the house. This means that an average 3 bedroom semi-detached house would receive around £500 a year and a bigger detached house would get approximately £800 a year.

For a proper estimation a full heat loss and EPC will need to be completed. You should expect a charge to be made to carry out this work.

What Samsung EHS are doing to help?

Here at Samsung EHS we have designed a simple estimator, this will work give an estimation of the RHI payments for your house. It is not exact but can be used as a guideline. It can be downloaded here and is free of charge