Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Incentive

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: 7th Feb 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
A tool that works out all the dates of when to take meter readings and submit periodic data to us. All you have to do is enter your effective date of accreditation. The tool is only for those submitting quarterly data.

  • 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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