Wondering who can apply for the Renewable Heat Incentive? It depends on which category you fall into, non-domestic or domestic:
The RHI for don-domestic installations in the industrial, business and public sector has been introduced and is open for applications. Commercial properties can now begin receiving money for the heat they produce from renewable means.
It must be an eligible type of renewable heat technology
(Biomass, for instance, is eligible, but Air Source Heat Pumps aren’t covered by the scheme)
The heat cannot be wasted and must be for a prescribed purpose
The installations must be maintained and inspected regularly
The renewable heat technology must be new or installed after 15th July 2009
Once the owners of the renewable heating system meet these criteria they will start benefiting from the regular payments provided for the energy produced.
The RHI is not yet open for applications from domestic households. It’s expected to arrive in Summer 2013 but this has not yet been confirmed and could be subject to delays. Once the domestic phase is open for applications, any household that has installed a renewable technology after 15th July 2009 will be eligible to apply, subject to meeting certain criteria.
However, domestic households can currently apply for the Renewable Heat Premium Payment, which will grant money towards the installation of qualifying renewable technologies. For biomass boilers, this figure is £950. The main qualifying criteria for those wishing to install a biomass system is that, the property cannot be served by mains gas. The great thing is that domestic customers can receive both the premium payment of £950 and the RHI when it is introduced, meaning that now is a good time to make the switch.