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Who can apply for the RHI?

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.

RHI applications

In order to be eligible for the Renewable Heat Incentive, there are several eligibility requirements which must be met:

  • 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 domestic RHI opened for applications in April 2014, and is open to homeowners, landlords, social landlords, and self-builders. Anyone with a renewable heating technology installed since July 2009, providing that it meets certain criteria, can apply. 

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