Installers and optional monitoring

The Government introduced new regulations on 20 September 2017. For information on what the Government changes mean for you, please see our changes to the scheme webpage.

There’s an optional Metering and Monitoring Service Package (MMSP) that applicants can register for in the Domestic RHI.

What is optional monitoring?

An MMSP works like a service contract and is a useful way of checking how well the heating system is performing. People who are successful in registering one get paid extra per year towards its costs.

It's completely different to installing meters to receive Domestic RHI tariff payments, which some people joining have to do.

Who's it for?

It's only for those with heat pumps or biomass boilers that burn wood pellets (not biomass pellet stoves or any other biomass boilers). Applicants can register for it whether or not their heating system needs to be metered for payments. It doesn't affect their joining or payment criteria.

It's useful for people interested in analysing their heating data see how their system is performing. They'll be able to log on to a website and view the data captured. It’ll help them check their system is working as efficiently as it should.

You will also be able to see the data so can help identify problems, or let your customer know if your system is underperforming.

How much extra would the applicant get?

If they have a heat pump they get an extra £230 per year (£57.50 per quarter).

For a pellet biomass boiler, they’d get an extra £200 per year (£50 per quarter) until their payments stop.

If they applied for the MMSP alongside their Domestic RHI application, they would get the maximum of seven years of payments. If they applied for the MMSP afterwards, they’d only get payments for the remainder of the seven years. The packages are available on a first come, first served basis.

How to find out more

To find out what your customer will require of you, have a look at our Essential Guide to Optional Monitoring.

Next steps

To find out more, see:

Publications and updates

  • Published: 24th Mar 2016
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This guide is about an optional form of monitoring you can apply to register for the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive, the Metering and Monitoring Service Package (MMSP).

  • Published: 24th Mar 2016
  • Factsheets
  • 1 Associated documents
This factsheet gives information about an optional type of metering that you can register for that works similarly to a service contract.

  • Published: 9th Apr 2014
  • Guidance
  • 0 Associated documents
This is a checklist is for installers of your domestic renewable heating system. It summarises the technical specifications required for MMSPs for pellet biomass boilers and for heat pumps.