Country:United Kingdom
Year:2011 (amended 2014, updated 2015)
Policy status:In Force
Jurisdiction:National
Date Effective:2011 (amended 2014, updated 2015)
Policy Type:Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives>Feed-in tariffs/premiums
Policy Target:Solar Thermal, Bioenergy>Biomass for heat, Geothermal, Geothermal>Heat
Policy Sector:Heating and Cooling
Size of Plant Targeted:Small and Large
Agency:OFGEM regulator body
URL:https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/increasing-the-use-of-low-carbon-technologies/supporting-pages/renewable-heat-incentive-rhi
URL:https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes/non-domestic-renewable-heat-incentive-rhi/tariffs-apply-non-domestic-rhi-great-britain#
URL:https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes/domestic-renewable-heat-incentive-domestic-rhi/about-domestic-rhi/tariffs-and-payments-domestic-renewable-heat-incentive
Description:

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) was introduced in UK in March 2011 to support renewable heat installations with fixed payment for each generated kWth. Initially the scheme was supporting only non-domestic installations. The scheme was expanded on 9th of April 2014 in order to support domestic renewable heat generators as well.

RHI payments are awarded for period of 20 years.

 

Non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (phase 1):

RHI payments for non-domestic generators are awarded for period of 20 years.

Technologies eligible include: aerothermal energy, biogas, hydrothermal energy, biomass, geothermal and solar thermal installations.

The incentive is open for: industrial and commercial sectors, public, not-for-profit organisations and communities

RHI tariffs for non-domestic heat generators receiving accreditation from 1st July 2015

Tariff name

Eligible technology

Eligible sizes

Tariffs p/kWth

Small commercial biomass

Solid biomass including solid biomass contained in waste

Less than 200 kWth
Tier 1
Less than 200 kWth
Tier 2

4.40

1.17

Medium commercial biomass

200 kWth and above & less than 1MWth
Tier 1

200 kWth and above & less than 1MWth
Tier 2

5.18

2.24

Large commercial biomass

1MWth and above

2.03

Solid biomass CHP systems (commissioned on or after 4 December 2013)

Solid biomass CHP systems

all capacities

4.17

Water/Ground-source heat pumps

Ground-source heat pumps & Water-source heat pumps

all capacities Tier 1

8.84

Tier 2

2.64

Air-source heat pumps (commissioned on or after 4 December 2013)

Air-source heat pumps

all capacities

2.54

Deep geothermal (commissioned on or after 4 December 2013)

Deep geothermal

all capacities

5.08

All solar collectors (accredited on or after 21 January 2013)

Solar collectors

Less than 200 kWth

10.16

Biomethane injection

Biomethane

On the first 40,000 MWh of eligible biomethane
Tier 1

Next 40,000 MWh of eligible biomethane
Tier 2

Remaining MWh of eligible biomethane
Tier 3

7.24

 

4.25

 

3.28

Small biogas combustion

Biogas combustion

Less than 200 kWth

7.62

Medium biogas combustion (commissioned on or after 4 December 2013)

200 kWth and above & less than 600 kWth

5.99

Large biogas combustion (commissioned on or after 4 December 2013)

600 kWth and above

2.24

 

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (phase 2):

RHI payments for domestic generators are awarded for period of 7 years.

RHI tariffs for domestic heat generators receiving accreditation from 1st July 2015 to 30th of September 2015

Technology type

Tariffs p/kWth

Biomass boilers and stoves

7.14

Air source heat pumps

7.42

Ground source heat pumps

19.10

Solar thermal

19.51

 

Related policies:Energy Act 2008

Last modified: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:23:12 CEST