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The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is the world’s first long-term financial support programme for renewable heat.

The RHI pays participants of the scheme that generate and use renewable energy to heat their buildings. By increasing the generation of heat from renewable energy sources (instead of fossil fuels), the RHI helps the UKreduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet targets for reducing the effects of climate change.
 

There are two parts to the RHI:

 

Domestic RHI – launched 9 April 2014 and open to homeowners, private landlords, social landlords and self-builders

Non-domestic RHI – launched in November 2011 to provide payments to industry, businesses and public sector organisations
 
The domestic RHI scheme is a financial incentive scheme designed to encourage uptake of renewable heating among domestic consumers. The domestic RHI is targeted at, but not limited to, homes off the gas grid. Those without mains gas have the most potential to save on fuel bills and decrease carbon emissions.
 
The scheme will cover single domestic dwellings and will be open to homeowners, private landlords, social landlords and self-builders. It will not be open to new build properties other than self-build.
 
The domestic RHI will pay 19.2 p/kWh
The tariff  has been set at a level that reflects the expected cost of renewable heat generation over 20 years. Payments will be made on a quarterly basis.


 

For further details see:

https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/increasing-the-use-of-low-carbon-technologies/supporting-pages/renewable-heat-incentive-rhi

or  http://www.yougen.co.uk/blog-entry/2215/Estimated+RHI+payments+on+a+solar+thermal+installation+/