To qualify for the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme your installation must meet the outlined eligibility criteria. Please see below for a brief guide to eligibility or visit www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes/renewable-heat-incentive-rhi/ for more detailed information.
The following heat and combined heat and power (CHP) technologies are RHI eligible.
- Biomass boilers (only those that can only burn biomass. Systems below 45kWth must be MCS-accredited.)
- Biogas combustion (no biogas from landfill and up to 200kWth only)
- Deep Geothermal
- Ground Source Heat Pumps (ground & water source heat pumps with coefficient of performance (COP) over 2.9.)
- Energy from biomass proportion of Municipal Solid Waste
- Solar Thermal (up to 200kWth)
- Water Source Heat Pumps (heating water)
Other factors to eligibility
- Systems must be new at the time of installation
- Systems must have been installed after 15th July 2009
- CHP installations must have been as generating electricity prior to 15 July 2009, using solid biomass or biogas and first commission on or after 15 July 2009.
- Systems must be registered by the energy regulator Ofgem
- The applicant must be the owner of the installation
- No grants can have been received to cover any of the costs of purchase or installation.
- Applicable technologies must hold MCS certification
- Liquid or steam is the heat delivery medium
- Heat must be provided for at least one eligible heat use such as heating a space, heating water or for carrying out a process.
- The installation must not provide heating to a single domestic premises only.
- The right types of meters must be used, correctly calibrated and placed in the correct locations.
- Each technology has its own criteria which must be met. More info can be found on the ofgem website.