Renewable Heat Incentive

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The UK Government has now announced the introduction of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) from 2011/12 as part of their Comprehensive Spending Review.

The scheme is expected to be launched in late summer 2011. Further details along with tariff levels is expected to be confirmed by March 2011.

What is it?

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is designed to provide financial support that encourages individuals, communities and businesses to switch from using fossil fuel for heating, to renewables such as wood fuel.

How the scheme works

If you replace your existing fossil fuel heating system (e.g. gas, oil or coal) with a renewable technology (e.g. wood fuel) you could get paid a set amount each year as an incentive for you to reduce your CO2 emissions and help prevent climate change.

The Government are not proposing to measure the heat generated from installations. Instead, an estimated figure will be used to work out payments.

The estimated figure represents the amount of heat energy needed to warm the home and/or hot water and will vary by house age and size, as well as by technology.

It has been proposed that payments would be made annually to householders.

Eligible technologies

  • Air, water and ground-source heat pumps
  • Solar thermal
  • Biomass boilers
  • Renewable combined heat and power
  • Use of biogas and bioliquids
  • Injection of biomethane into the natural gas grid.

To find out which technology is suitable for your home try our Home Energy Generator Tool.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Department of Energy and Climate Change have created a number of frequently asked questions in relation to the Renewable Heat Incentive.

Click here to download FAQs document (PDF, 127K).

Treatment of existing installations

The Government is proposing that projects where an installation was completed before 15 July 2009 will not be entitled to RHI support.

Anything installed after this date is proposed to receive the incentive as if it was installed on the first day of the scheme.

Read more about the RHI on the Department of Energy and Climate Change website


About Georges Abi-Aad

CEO, electronic engineer with MBA in marketing. Multicultural; French citizen born in Lebanon working in the Middle East and fluent in French, English and Arabic. I have more than 30 years of proven experience in the Middle East with European know how. I am good in reorganization and in Global strategic management business. I am a dependable leader with an open approach in working with people, forging a strong team of professionals dedicated to the Company and its clientele. Perseverance is my key word. Married to Carole and having 2 children: Joy-Joelle and Antoine (Joyante!).
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