Government roll out of the scheme
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a UK Government scheme set
up to encourage uptake of renewable heat technologies among
householders, communities and businesses through the provision of
financial incentives. The UK Government expects the RHI to make a
significant contribution towards their 2020 ambition of having 12
per cent of heating coming from renewable sources. The Renewable
Heat Incentive is the first of its kind in the world.
There are two phases to the introduction of the RHI:
- Phase 2: the domestic element of the RHI, is expected to be
introduced in the summer of 2013 following the UK Government
As part of the first phase, the
Government will also introduce
Renewable Heat Premium Payments for the domestic sector.
They have ring-fenced funding of around £15 million,
which will be used to make premium payments to households who
install renewable heating. These direct payments will subsidise the
cost of installing qualifying renewable heating systems. In return
for the payments, participants will be asked to provide some
feedback on how the equipment works in practice and suppliers will
be asked to provide a follow up service on any issues that are
raised. This will boost confidence in the technology and the
information we receive will help enable Government, manufacturers,
installers and consumers to better understand how to maximise
performance of the various technologies. The Renewable Heat Premium
Payments will support a spread of technologies across all regions
of Great Britain and will cover households using gas and other
fossil fuels. This scheme was launched by
Energy Saving Trust in July 2011.
The Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme has now been extended
and was open for you to make an application from 1 May 2012. The
financial support covers solar thermal hot water systems, heat
pumps and biomass boilers with payments ranging from £300 to £1,250
depending on technology.
A second phase of RHI support including long-term tariff support
for the domestic sector has been launched to coincide with the
introduction of the Green Deal for Homes. People in receipt of the
Renewable Heat Premium Payments will be able to receive long term
RHI tariff support once these tariffs are introduced as will
anybody who has installed an eligible installation since 15 July
The types of technologies you could install in your home
Find out more about this scheme from the Department
for Energy and Climate Change
Frequently asked questions
Energy saving Trust website
UK heat map produced by DECC
The National Heat Map was commissioned by the Department of
Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and created by The Centre for
Sustainable Energy. The purpose of the Map is to support planning
and deployment of local low-carbon energy projects in England.
How it was done
The National Heat Map is built from a bottom-up address level
model of heat demand in England. The model estimates the total heat
demand of every address in England, but based on published
sub-national energy consumption statistics and without making use
of metered energy readings.
Heat demand density web maps were produced from this model,
covering Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Public Buildings
(DECs) and Total heat demand.
In addition point locations for Combined Heat and Power plants
and Power Stations were mapped along with Local Authority and
For both residential and non-residential models, heat demand was
first estimated at address level using a range of data sources.
These estimates were then used in a weighted disaggregation of
known small-area average heating fuel consumption.
It aims to achieve this by providing publicly accessible
high-resolution web-based maps of heat demand by area.
the heat map