Next steps on Renewable Heat
On 20th September 2012, the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) launched a series of consultations on the domestic RHI which is scheduled to start in the Summer of 2013. This page will be updated with more accurate information soon but in the meantime, please click here to learn more.
Domestic Renewable Heat Incentives (RHIs)
What is the Renewable Heat Incentive?
As well as transforming the sun’s energy into hot water, Solar Thermal technology has the power to earn and save you money.
Under the government-funded Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), technologies including Solar Thermal Panels will earn payments for every unit of heat generated.
- Invest in Solar Thermal technology
- Make money generating Renewable Heat
- Payments for each unit generated
- Receive payments for 20 years
- Make savings on hot water costs
- Due to start in Summer 2013
The RHI scheme will be launched in two phases. Payments for non-domestic systems started on Monday 28th November 2011, while those for domestic Solar Thermal systems are due to start in Summer 2013.
An additional Renewable Heat Premium Payment of £300 is available to domestic customers now.
Any installation that took place from July 2009 will qualify for the RHI, but only from the date it is registered with the scheme once it is launched.
To the initial planned tariff levels – which will go up in line with inflation – a typical domestic Solar Thermal system will receive 18p per kW generated. The table below shows some savings and earnings examples:
Based on a typical household with 3 to 5 occupants.
Solar Thermal Panels generating 1,400 kW @ 18p per kW = £252.
Return on Investment based on a system cost of £4,000.
Greater savings/earnings can be achieved where there is
high hot water demand and a larger system is fitted.
Read more about how Solar Thermal technology works.
Who Qualifies For Renewable Heat Incentives?
Full details of the scheme have not yet been released ahead of the Summer 2013 launch. However, it is highly likely that RHIs will only be available to homeowners in England, Scotland and Wales. Loft and Cavity Wall Insulation should also be installed, if the property is suitable.
The Solar Thermal Hot Water system must also be installed by approved installers using equipment that is approved for the scheme. It may also be necessary to provide regular feedback on the performance of the system and have monitoring equipment fitted.
Why install Solar Thermal now - Can I get a Grant?
It may be tempting to wait until Summer 2013 before installing Solar Thermal panels but systems installed before then will still qualify for RHIs.
By installing Solar Thermal now, you can start making savings on your hot water bills and help protect the environment. You may also qualify for the Renewable Heat Premium Payment which is a Grant of £300 available now.
How can EnergyLink help?
EnergyLink can arrange for you to receive up to three quotations from approved Solar Thermal installers in your local area.
This avoids rogue tradesmen and ensures that you get a competitive price from a reputable company that can also advise you clearly about RHI payments.
The less you pay for a Solar Thermal system, the greater your Return on Investment will be.