Wed, 2nd Apr  2014

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive

The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a government financial incentive to encourage a switch to renewable heating systems. If you join and comply with the scheme rules, you’ll receive quarterly payments for seven years. It’s a way to help the UK reduce its carbon emissions.

The scheme is available for households both off and on the gas grid. Those without mains gas have the most potential to save on fuel bills and decrease carbon emissions.

The most commonly used ECO heating systems for domestic properties are air-source heat-pumps and solar thermal panels. Solar thermal panels eligible for the RHI scheme must only provide hot water for your home. Heat-pumps provide space heating (such as heating rooms in a house via central heating) or space heating and hot water.

Under the RHI scheme rules, they have to heat the home using a ‘wet’ central heating system like radiators. Also, hot water doesn’t include water used to heat a swimming pool.

You can only apply for one space heating system per property. But you can make two applications if one system (e.g. a heat pump) is used for space heating or space heating and hot water, and the other is solar thermal panels for water heating.

Solar thermal panels collect energy from sunlight to directly heat your water. Heat-pumps take energy out of the surrounding air (think about how your fridge works - it takes the heat out of the food and air inside your fridge and radiates this heat from the grill at the back) and uses this to heat the water flowing round your radiators.

Heat-pumps are powered by electricity, so if you have or are thinking about, solar PV, they make a very effective combination in enabling you to significantly reduce your energy costs.

Areas in Which We Operate

We are able to offer our full range of solar pv products and service throughout Lincolnshire and beyond. If you're unsure wether we operate in your area please contact us.