Policy paper

Renewable Heat Incentive policy overview

Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) provides incentives for consumers to install renewable heating in place of fossil fuels. It is open to homeowners and landlords, commercial, industrial, public, not-for-profit and community generators of renewable heat.



Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is the world’s first long-term financial support programme for renewable heat.

The RHI pays participants of the scheme that generate and use renewable energy to heat their buildings. By increasing the generation of heat from renewable energy sources (instead of fossil fuels), the RHI helps the UK reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet targets for reducing the effects of climate change.

There are two parts to the RHI:

  • Domestic RHI – launched 9 April 2014 and open to homeowners, private landlords, social landlords and self-builders
  • Non-domestic RHI – launched in November 2011 to provide payments to industry, businesses and public sector organisations

Domestic RHI scheme

Non-domestic RHI scheme