Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (Domestic RHI)
Domestic RHI closure
The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (DRHI) in Great Britain has now closed. The DRHI closed to new applicants including metering and monitoring service package applications at midnight on 31 March 2022. Only applications following a change of ownership can be made now that the scheme has closed.
Read our Change of ownership for more information.
Once accredited, do I need to do anything?
If your application is approved, you’ll become a participant on the Domestic RHI (DRHI) scheme. As a participant, you’ll have a number of responsibilities that relate to you, your property, and your renewable heating system. These are called ‘ongoing obligations’ and you’ll need to comply with all of them to continue to receive payments and avoid any enforcement action being taken.
To find out what your ongoing obligations are read our ongoing obligations page and Chapter 3 of the essential guide. If you’re unable to meet any of these obligations, you need let us know within 28 days.
How to do I manage my account?
MyRHI allows you to view your existing applications, check your payment schedule, sign your annual declarations, supply meter readings and update your personal details. Our MyRHI helpsheet explains how to use the online portal.
What if I have meters?
If you are metered for payments, you will need to provide us with meter readings on a quarterly basis to receive payments. It is your responsibility to ensure your meters are in good working order and in a compliant arrangement. Repeated failure to submit your readings may lead you to miss DRHI payments and this could lead to your accreditation being revoked. This means your participation in the scheme would come to an end.
If you are metered for performance only, you will not need to submit any meter readings.
Further metering information can be found on our essential guide to metering.
What is an annual declaration?
Every year, you’ll be asked to complete and submit an annual declaration, confirming you continue to meet the ongoing obligations of the scheme. We’ll send you a reminder by email when these are due (or by post if that’s how you applied) with instruction on how to complete them. You can complete this via your MyRHI account. Make sure that you complete them in time or we may suspend your payments and your accreditation may be revoked.
What happens if I need to repair or replace my renewable heating system?
During your accreditation, you must let us know if your heating system stops providing heat to the property. It may be necessary to repair or replace parts to ensure your heating system is in good working order. You must let us know within 28 days of a repair or replacement taking place. Your payments may be affected if we aren’t told about any changes you make to your heating system.
If you replace your renewable heating system and want to remain on the DRHI scheme, you will need an MCS certified installer to complete a product replacement declaration form to ensure the heating system meets the eligibility criteria.
Selling your home
If you’re planning to sell your property, and your renewable heating system is to be included in the sale, it’s important that you let us know. You’ll need to contact us at least 28 days before the sale goes through. Your DRHI accreditation may be transferred to the new owner. The new owner must apply for accreditation within 12 months from the date of sale. Read our change of ownership page for full details of this process.
Audit and Compliance
During your accreditation/membership on the scheme, we may carry out an audit of your property and installation to check that you’re complying with your ongoing obligations and the scheme’s eligibility criteria. For more information on what is required if you are selected, read our Audit webpage.
Assignment of Rights (AoR)
Assignment of Rights (AoR) allows an investor to help fund the purchase or installation of a renewable heating system and in return receive the rights to RHI payments. Nominated registered investors and participants are also subject to ongoing obligations. For more information see the Essential guide and the guide to Assignment of Rights.
Biomass Ongoing Obligations
If you have a biomass heating system, you must only use fuels on the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL). For more information on the biomass ongoing obligations, see our rules for biomass fuel use webpage.