Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Incentive

Important notice for Northern Ireland RHI participants with an effective date prior to 18/11/2015

Some changes to the Northern Ireland Non Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme regulations came into force on 1 April 2017. These changes only affect installations in Northern Ireland accredited before 18 November 2015 and put in place tiering and capping to the small and medium biomass installations.  If you have any questions about these regulation changes, please contact the Department for the Economy.  Please note that these changes do not affect participants on the GB scheme.

The Ofgem Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Register will soon be updated to take account of these changes. In the meantime, the payment figure you see on the Register when you make your next heat data submission may not be what you are paid, as it will not take into account the tiering and caps. You should therefore not rely on this figure and instead make your own calculation, or wait for your payment and payment invoice to be issued. This will only be a temporary position and may not affect you if you are not due to make a submission in the next month. You will be informed when the IT system has been updated.

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) suspended the Non-Domestic Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) to new applications from 29 February 2016.

From 9 May 2016, the new Department for the Economy (DfE) assumed the roles and responsibility of DETI including policy responsibility for the Northern Ireland Non-Domestic RHI. We continue to administer the scheme on DfE’s behalf. The Great Britain RHI scheme is unaffected. For further information see our frequently asked questions.

What is the Northern Ireland RHI?

It’s a government incentive, similar to the one in Great Britain, that helps businesses, public sector, and other non-domestic and non-profit organisations in Northern Ireland meet the cost of installing renewable heat technologies. DfE sets the policy and tariffs.

Further information about the scheme is available on the DfE website.

Changes to the scheme

18 November 2015, DETI introduced some changes to the scheme including:

  • Relocation of accredited installations.
  • The change of banding and introduction of a tiered tariff for small and medium commercial biomass and a 400,000kWhth annual cap on payments.
  • Certain CHP installations could join the scheme which are accredited under the Renewables Obligation.

Information on these and other minor changes are in the Northern Ireland RHI Guidance Volumes 1 and 2.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 21st Mar 2017
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This guide is for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Register and can be used with other RHI GB or Northern Ireland guidance available on our website.

  • Published: 1st Mar 2016
  • Guidance
  • 0 Associated documents
The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment has suspended the Northern Ireland RHI scheme to new applicants from 29 February 2016. Further information is available in our FAQs.

  • Published: 1st Mar 2016
  • Factsheets
  • 1 Associated documents
The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) has suspended the Northern Ireland RHI scheme to new applicants from 29 February 2016.

  • Published: 1st Mar 2016
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) has suspended the Northern Ireland RHI scheme to new applicants from 29 February 2016.

  • Published: 29th Oct 2014
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
The State Aid Declaration Form is to be completed by applicants in Northern Ireland who have received support other than a grant towards their installation.

  • Published: 14th Mar 2013
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
This tool works out all the dates of when to take meter readings and submit periodic data to us.

  • Published: 1st Nov 2012
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
This guidance note explains the additional requirements for applicants to the Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Incentive (NIRHI) whose installation is a ground or water source heat pump with an integrated immersion heater.

  • Published: 1st Nov 2012
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
Spreadsheet to be completed by applicants to the NIRHI who have more than 10 meters associated with their installation.

  • Published: 1st Nov 2012
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
Template for letter appointing an Authorised Signatory to a NIRHI account as the responsible agent for the organisation.

  • Published: 1st Nov 2012
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
This question and answer factsheet provides assistance to applicants who intend to apply for the Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Incentive (NIRHI) Scheme. For further guidance, please refer to our NIRHI Guidance Documents, Volumes One and Two.

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