Solar Thermal RHI Scheme for Non Domestic Customers Now Open

Monday 28 November 2011

As of today, Monday 28th November 2011, Non-Domestic customers can apply to Ofgem to be paid for the heat they generate from Solar Thermal under the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.

Under the scheme, all types of Non-Domestic users – including industrial, commercial, public sector, community and not-for-profit – will have the opportunity to get paid on a quarterly basis for every kilowatt of heat generated over the next 20 years.

Any Solar Thermal system installed after July 2009 will now be eligible to register for the RHI scheme and receive payments for 20 years. However, there will be no retrospective payments.

As well as saving and earning money, the scheme will also allow Non-Domestic users to reduce their energy bills and carbon footprint, while boosting their green credentials.

With the UK Government estimating that Commercial Solar Thermal systems will give a 7% Return on Investment over 20 years, the benefits are worth considering in view of rising fuel bills and Non-Domestic customers are encouraged to act now to take advantage of the scheme.

The second phase of the RHI scheme, which will offer support to Domestic Solar Thermal customers, is expected to be announced early in the new year.

Until then, grants of £300 are currently available for Domestic customers. This is known as the RHI Premium Payment and provides money off renewable heat technologies. The RHI Premium Payment is only available until 31st March 2012 and householders are encouraged to apply now while they are still available.

For more information about the Solar Thermal RHI scheme for Non-Domestic users, and information on how to apply, visit the DECC website.

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