The Domestic RHI is not yet open however it will be launched by the end of the year. The NI Renewable Heat Incentive is a government financial incentive, you'll receive an initial upfront payment and then payments every 12 months for 7 years. This scheme is designed primarily with single homes in mind however anyone can benefit from the RHI payments for their home, all you'll require is an EPC or Energy Performance Certificate and this proves that your property is assessed as a domestic dwelling. You'll need this in order to apply for the NIRHI.
If the above doesn't apply for you, you'll need to take a look at non-domestic RHI. It's for renewable incentives designed around Industrial, Commercial or Public Premises. It also covers heating systems that heat more than one home, such as two houses or a block of flats.
Eligible Heating Systems
The eligible renewable heating system types for the Domestic RHI are:
- Biomass Boilers*
- Air Source Heat Pumps
- Ground Source Heat Pumps
- Solar Thermal Panels - Flat Plate or Evacuated Tube Only
Check your product
It's not enough to just have one of the types of renewable heating systems that are eligible for the scheme. The make and model must also meet specific technical requirements, check your specific product is in the Product eligibility list. If it's not you need to contact your installer to discuss the next steps.
Northern Ireland Domestic RHI and Energy Efficiency
Because Renewable Heating Systems work best in a well insulated home, the Northern Ireland Domestic RHI wishes to encourage people to make their homes more energy efficient, Before applying to the Domestic RHI you must first:
- Install loft and cavity wall insulation to current recommended standards. If it is not possible to do this, then you should submit evidence to us as part of your application.
- Get an updated EPC to verify your insulation and your renewable heat installation.
- You must be the owner of an eligible heating system.
- The property must be occupied as a dwelling.
- Your renewable heating system must be MCS certified.
- No part of the renewable heating system used to produce heat may be used before the first commissioning date. The date is on your MCS Certificate. Some parts may be exempt.
- The heating system must have been first commissioned on or after 1st September 2010. The date is on your MCS certificate.
- You must apply within 12 months of the commissioning date of the heating system, shown on the MCS certificate. The deadline is different if you installed your heating system before the scheme opened. You must apply within the first year, i.e. before 30 November 2015.
- If you received RHPP (Renewable Heat Premium Payment), DetiNI will make contact with you, so you will not have to do anything.
- If you received a public grant other than the RHPP you will not be eligible for the NIRHI.
- To be eligible, you or the former owner must also have made a personal financial contribution to the purchase or installation costs.
- Biomass - £2500
- Air Source Heat Pumps - £1700
- Ground Source Heat Pumps - £3500
- Solar Thermal - £320
- Biomass: 5.6 p/kWh
- Air Source Heat Pump: 3.5 p/kWh
- Ground Source Heat Pump: 8.2 p/kWh
- Solar Thermal: 13.5 p/kWh
- Keeping the heating system and metering equipment in good working order
- Telling DetiNI of the equipment breaks down and isn't working whilst waiting on repairs.
- Telling DetiNI if you sell your house (with the heating system in it), in which case payments to you will stop and switch to the new owner, should they apply to the scheme and fill certain conditions.
- Telling DetiNI if you make any changes to your heating system, for example, if you replace a part of it.
- Telling DetiNI if there are changes that mean your property needs to be metered, for example if you purchase a second home.
- Telling DetiNI if there is any change in circumstances, that may affect your eligibility to receive payments.