New regulations came into effect on 1 April 2021. For information on what the Government changes mean for you, please see our webpage changes to the scheme.
If you’re thinking about applying to the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, this section is for you.
If you’ve not yet installed a renewable heating technology, have a look at the flow chart below. It helps you understand the joining requirements so you can make sure that you, your property, and your planned heating system meet them. Time spent on research before choosing your equipment and installer could affect whether you’re approved when you come to apply.
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) introduced an option to help householders and/or landlords access finance to overcome the barrier of the upfront cost of a renewable heating system, called “assignment of rights” (AoR).
If your heating system was commissioned on or after 1 March 2019, the applicant can apply for the Domestic RHI, until the scheme closes to new applications (i.e. before midnight at the end of 31 March 2022). Applicants who commissioned their eligible heating system on or after 1 March 2019 and were previously rejected for failing to meet the 12-month rule, can re-apply for accreditation to the scheme.
The commissioning date is the date your installer tests and signs off the system (you can find it on your Microgeneration Certification Scheme certificate). You’ll still need to read our Essential Guide for Applicants before applying and don’t forget to check our Product Eligibility List to see if your product meets the scheme rules.
Once you’re approved to join the Domestic RHI, you must comply with the rules for the seven years that you’re receiving payments. You’ll have to complete Annual declarations each year you’re a member on the Domestic RHI scheme, to confirm that you’re continuing to follow the scheme rules and your ongoing obligations. Make sure you’re aware of what else will be required of you by reading our web pages on audit checks, the different types of Audits and ongoing obligations.
To find out more, see:
- Change of ownership
- Eligible heating systems
- Ongoing obligations
- Registered social and private landlords
- Assignment of rights