The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a subsidy to encourage homeowners and business to invest in renewable heating technologies. But the start has been delayed again.

In the meantime you may be eligible to claim a grant of around 10% of the cost of a renewable heating system through the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme which has been extended until Spring 2014.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change now expects the Renewable Heat Incentive to be running from Spring 2014, with full details of how the scheme will operate to be revealed summer 2013.

Although still to be finalised, DECC proposes that the RHI will, over the course of seven years, repay homeowners the extra costs of installing and running a renewable heating system over its expected lifetime of 20 years.  Eligible technologies include ground-source and air-to-water heat pumps, solar thermal systems, biomass boilers and wood-pellet boiler stoves.   All other stoves have been excluded from the scheme due in part to concerns about controlling particulate emissions.

Anyone installing a MCS-certified system from 15 July 2009 will be able to apply for the RHI, however you will need to demonstrate that your home is well-insulated.  WinACC’s free Green Deal Assessment will identify which improvements need to be made – although those living in solid-walled properties may be relieved to know that will not have to insulate their walls!