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What is renewable energy?

Renewable energy is generated from natural resources such as the sun, wind, and water, using technology which ensures that the energy stores are naturally replenished.

Instead of buying all of your energy from suppliers, you can install renewables technology (also called micro generation and low-carbon technology) to generate your own heat.

What are the benefits of installing renewables?

There are lots of good reasons to use renewables. You will be:

  • making use of secure and local resources

  • reducing your dependence on non-renewable energy

  • helping to reduce the production of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases

  • reducing your energy bills.

  • Able to claim the money from the Governments Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHI).

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

​To promote and encourage the uptake of domestic renewable heat energy technology, the government introduced the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) to English, Scottish and Welsh households in 2014.

The Domestic RHI scheme is aimed at domestic properties and homeowners, landlords and self-builders (individuals or groups who built their own homes) are all eligible to apply.

The Scheme provides financial incentives to owners of domestic properties who install renewable heating technologies on their premises including:

  • Air Source Heat Pumps

  • Ground source heat pumps

  • Solar thermal

Those who do install these technologies and adhere to the rules of the scheme receive quarterly payments from the government for seven years.

These payment amounts are determined by the amount of renewable heat generated by the household, and the current tariff rates.

To find the current tariff rates, visit the BEIS tariffs and payments page. (Click Here)

In order to join the domestic RHI scheme, the installed renewable heat technology must only heat a single domestic property.

The building must also have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).


To find out more visit Ofgem's dedicated Renewable Heat Incentive section of their site. (Click Here)

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