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What is the Renewable Heat Incentive?

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a government scheme designed to encourage people in the UK to use renewable energy for heating instead of gas and oil.

Under the scheme, members get a financial payment every three months for seven years. These payments can help to offset the cost of installing a renewable energy system.

In addition to the money you receive from the RHI for the heat you generate, you’ll also save money on your heating bills.

The rules of the RHI scheme are set by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) (formerly DECC). Ofgem administers the scheme.

There are two RHI schemes, one for businesses and one for homeowners. Each scheme is different, and you can only join one – not both.

If you’re not sure which RHI scheme is right for you, see Ofgem’s factsheet about Domestic and Non-Domestic RHI (PDF).

Watch the DECC and Ofgem explain the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) in 2014

RHI scheme eligibility

To be eligible for the RHI scheme, your heat must come from one of the following technologies:

The amount of money you could receive from the RHI scheme is based on an estimate of how much energy your system is likely to generate.

To join the RHI scheme, you must have the following:

  1. Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certificate for your installation
  2. Recent EPC certificate for your property

Princes LHS Ltd is an MCS accredited installer, which means we will design, install and commission your renewable heating system in accordance with the MCS standards.

After installation, we’ll issue your MCS certificate so you can join the RHI scheme.

What do I do next?

Contact us today to get an estimate and more information about how renewable heating can lower your energy bills and generate RHI payments.


As not everyone is fully aware of what ‘green’ options are available or even suitable for their homes, we have all the information you need to help you to make an informed decision on what is right for you.

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