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How to successfully apply for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

Updated: Nov 14, 2018

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a government initiative to encourage the use of renewable heating technologies. Technologies covered by the scheme include:

· Air Source Heat Pumps

· Biomass Boilers

· Solar Thermal

· Ground Source Heat Pumps

This article is an at a glance check list for applying for the domestic RHI.

Klover Star 14 biomass boiler installed by dh Solar Engineering
Klover Star 14 biomass boiler installed by dh Solar Engineering

7 Important things you need to know before applying for the RHI

· You’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) in the last two years. If this recommends either an increase in loft insulation or cavity wall insulation, you’ll need to have this done and a new EPC that reflects this before you can apply.

· If you have cavity walls they’ll need to be insulated

· Loft insulation needs to meet the 270mm minimum standard

· Applications need to be submitted within 12 months of the installation being complete

· You need to have paid or contributed to payment for your renewable heating system (this includes a loan that you will pay back, but does not include money given to you, even by a family member)

· You must own or occupy the property and have lived in it prior to the heating system being installed. An exception to this are custom builds. Please see full guidance for this below.

· Only Solar Thermal systems designed to provide hot water will be eligible for the RHI.

2 Documents that you’ll need to apply for the RHI

· EPC within the last two years

· MCS certificate for the renewable technology that has been installed (dh-Solar Engineering are MCS registered and will provide you with a certificate for each renewable heating technology that we've install).


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