The Renewable Heat Incentive is a Government initiative to support the installation of renewable heating systems including biomass boilers, ground source heat pumps, and solar thermal in homes and businesses throughout the UK.
The incentive is designed to cover the cost of equipment and installation, and users of the scheme will receive quarterly payments for up to 7 years for domestic customers and up to 20 years for non-domestic customers, depending on how much energy they use. It is not uncommon for users to recoup the installation costs within 3-6 years and then enjoy a regular income for the remainder of the agreed period.
The aim of the scheme is to dramatically reduce carbon dioxide emissions, which are largely produced by the extensive use of fossil fuels such as gas or oil. Even when compared against other renewable heating types such as ground source heat pumps, the use of wood pellets produces much less carbon dioxide, and therefore should be considered when switching to a more environmentally friendly method of generating heating and hot water.