Renewable Heat Incentive
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) launched on April 9th 2014 and is a financial pay-back plan to promote the use of renewable heat sources, such as air and ground source heat pumps or solar technology.
The incentive covers domestic and commercial properties but you must use an MCS-certified supplier to qualify. Gasway is fully accredited and offers free advice on the RHI as part of our comprehensive customer service.
Switching to the type of heating systems we install means you are using a naturally-replenished source of energy (i.e. the sun). Using renewable energy rather than oil or LPG helps the UK reduce its carbon emissions and the government pays an incentive to property owners that undertake the RHI scheme. They must, however, meet certain energy-efficiency requirements.
The scheme is being administered by OFGEM on behalf of BEIS (The department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy).
Applicants will need to make sure they install an eligible system and meet minimum insulation requirements to be eligible for the Domestic RHI and provide a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) which is no more than 24 months old, the application must be made by the homeowner as this is an application based on your property details.
In addition, you will need to know the efficiency of your system. This includes the heat emitters (radiators or UFH) and heat source.
The governments default Seasonal Performance Factor (SPF) is 2.5. This figure is calculated by looking at heat losses, room size and output of the heat emitters. The more accurately sized the heat emitters the higher the SPF – as the heating will be as energy efficient as possible.
You can visit OFGEM’s website for information, or one of our experts can explain the ins and outs clearly and with your property in mind.