Renewable Heat Incentive – RHI
Owners of ground source heat pumps systems (and other eligible renewable heat technologies) installed since 15 July 2009 in non-domestic properties, can apply to Ofgem to be paid 3.5 pence/kWhour of renewable heat generated for the next 20 years. For all installations up to a capacity of 100 kW the RHI is increased to 4.8 pence/kWhour.
Ground Source Heat Pump RHI tariffs expected to double
Following lobbying of the GSHPA RHI tariffs for commercial GSHP installations are expected to double for applications from 21 January 2013: RHI GSHP Rates expected to double.
In Phase 1 of the Renewable Heat Incentive, the RHI is received by owners of Non-Domestic buildings for 20 years based on the metered heat delivered from ground source heat pumps.
From Phase 2 owners of Domestic Properties will receive RHI for 7 years from spring 2014: there is no need to delay installations for owners of domestic properties, because the RHI will apply for all ground source heat pumps installed since 15 July 2009.
For domestic installations (and others up to 45 kW heating capacity) installations must use MCS approved equipment and must be installed by MCS approved installers.
Renewable Heat Premium Payment – RHPP
There is a further single payment grant of £1,250 called the RHPP which is only available to owners of domestic properties who are not currently using mains gas for heating. They can register with the Energy Savings Trust and receive £1,250 if they have a ground source heat pump installed and commissioned.
A ground source heat pump provides an excellent method for providing emission free heating and avoiding further rises in energy bills, as well as attracting RHI, but they must be installed by an experienced contractor.
Please verify if your contractor is a member of the GSHP Association.