Simply RHI stands for Renewable Heat Incentive. This is a payment incentive set up by the government to encourage the changeover from antiquated fossil fuels to a newer more efficient greener way of heating.
The payments are broken into two main categories, Domestic (where payments are deemed based on Energy performance figures for your property). The next banding for systems is Non-Domestic, this is where the site is commercial or has more than one property and a district heating scheme can qualify.
The main difference between the two is domestic is paid on a deemed figure but Non-Domestic is paid on actual usage through the Tier system.
This is quite complex and varies based on the size of the system installed and the operation hours but as a summary generally the returns are calculated by taking the total installed capacity Eg. a 100kw biomass boiler x (1314 run hours for Tier 1 for heat pumps and 3016 for biomass) then x the current Tier one tariff. this will give the bulk payment. Any operation hours over this qualify for a lower level Tier 2 payment.
Please note some heating uses are excluded from receiving the payments such as open air swimming pools.
South West Renewables as part of a initial site assessment will guide you through the Domestic or Commercial RHI offered on your proposed installation.
Working out the potential returns on your system can be daunting and we are there to offer up to date advice on where you stand and what you can earn by changing you system from the traditional fossil fuels to a energy efficient renewable energy heating system. We offer a complete service where we apply for the full RHI application on your behalf , this will be for both our clients and third parties, making sure your system accreditation in the maze of forms is successful for both commercial and domestic RHI.
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We also can arrange for a complete Independent Report on Metering Arrangements (IRMA), this is a report that is requested for certain Biomass commercial projects.