Anyone who installs a qualifying renewable heat system is eligible to claim the RHI. These are the qualification criteria…
THERE ARE SEVERAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS WHICH MUST BE MET FOR INSTALLATIONS TO RECEIVE TARIFFS:
First of all you have to be either in England, Scotland or Wales, sorry Northern Ireland!
They must use an eligible type of renewable heat production
Sadly not all renewable heat technologies are eligible. Here’s a list of all the ELIGIBLE renewable heat technologies:
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- Biomass boilers
- Biogas combustion (but only up to 200kWth)
- Deep Geothermal
- Ground Source Heat Pumps (heating water)
- Energy from biomass proportion of Municipal Solid Waste
- Solar Thermal (but only up to 200kWth)
- Water Source Heat Pumps (heating water)
Biomass and biogas heat generation must also use eligible sources of fuel.
The tariff paid depends on what type of energy is used and the size of the system.
There are limits to the system’s size
For example solar and biogas heating are only eligible for installations below 200kW.
This differs to the Feed-In Tariffs where a 5MW ceiling has been applied for all renewable technologies.
THEY HAVE TO BE BRAND SPANKING NEW AND THEY HAVE BEEN INSTALLED AFTER 15TH JULY 2009
Even then they might not be able to receive tariffs immediately.
Only new equipment is eligible for RHI; converted installations aren’t. However new systems replacing existing renewable technologies will do just fine.
THERE ARE SOME RULES AND RESTRICTIONS ON THE EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIERS YOU CAN USE
Each eligible installation has to be registered by the energy regulator Ofgem.
There are some specific requirements you must meet. Such as, systems below 45kW capacity must comply with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.
THE TARIFF WILL BE PAID BASED ON HOW MUCH OF THE HEAT OUTPUT OF THE INSTALLATION
The heat cannot be wasted and must be used for a prescribed purpose; space, water or process heating (not for electricity production, for example).
There are criteria about how this output should be measured.
The installations will have to be maintained and may be inspected periodically.
WHO CAN CLAIM THE TARIFFS?
The owner of the renewable heat installation is the beneficiary of the tariffs.
Want to learn more about RHI? Read our previous blog to find out more here! http://www.home-improvement-blog.co.uk/2014/04/new-rhi-launched.html
I bid you adieu my dear Sirs and Madams!