Do I need metering?

Mae’r dudalen yma ar gael yn Gymraeg.

The Government recently published its response to the consultation on Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) reform. For information on what the Government changes mean for you, please see our changes to the scheme.

Most people joining the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) won't need to install meters and submit meter readings to receive payments.

Solar thermal systems never have to be metered so if you just have solar thermal you don’t need to read this page.

If your heating system is approved for the scheme and requires metering, you will need to submit quarterly meter readings for the remainder of the seven years of the scheme to receive payments. Your payments will not be deemed, but calculated based on your meter readings for the entirety of your participation on the scheme. Metered applicants are paid on the renewable heat that they produce, but maximum annual payments are capped at the amount of their estimated annual renewable heat use, calculated using the heat load figure from their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) open key term pop-up.

Below we’ve set out the three situations where you will need to install meters.

Where you need to be metered

  1. If you have “back-up heating”
  2. Where you have a biomass heating system that isn’t designed to heat the whole property
  3. Where your property is occupied for less than half the year.

If you think you fall into any of these three categories, please read our Essential Guide to Metering for more information.

Next steps

To find out more, see:

To apply:

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

This is a report that assesses the energy efficiency of a property and recommends how it can improve. It’s the proof we need that your property is a ‘dwelling’. Without one, you won’t be able to apply. More.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 24th Mar 2016
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This guide starts with the circumstances which make metering compulsory for some people applying for the Domestic RHI, all the way through to submitting meter readings for payments.

  • Published: 24th Mar 2016
  • Factsheets, Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This factsheet outlines the different situations where it's compulsory for people who want to join the Domestic RHI to install meters to receive tariff payments.

  • Published: 9th Jul 2014
  • Factsheets
  • 1 Associated documents
This user guide is to help you to be well prepared before you submit your meter reading(s). We want to help you get it right the first time and shorten the time it takes.