Eligibility

To take part in the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, you must demonstrate your installation meets the following eligibility requirements:

  • You must be the owner of the installation, or where there are several owners you must have permission to act for the other owners.
  • The plant must be an eligible renewable heat technology type and size.
  • The following installations must have been completed and the plant first commissioned on or after 15 July 2009 to be eligible:

• Solid biomass• Biogas below 200kWth• Ground and water source heat pumps• Geothermal• Solar collectors• Energy from waste

  • The following installations must have been first commissioned on or after 4 December 2013 to be eligible:

• Air to water heat pumps,• Biogas 200Wth and above• CHP system using biomass, biogas or waste

  • No public grants can be used to fund any part of the installation unless it has been repaid (see our Guidance for the exceptions to this).
  • The plant must have been new at the time of installation, including specific ‘integral equipment’ (see our Guidance Volume 1, Chapter 4).
  • Plants using solid biomass, solar collectors or heat pumps that are less than or equal to 45kWth must have Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)open key term pop-up certification or its equivalent.
  • The plant uses either liquid or steam as the heat delivery medium.
  • The plant must provide heat for at least one eligible heat use (see Guidance Volume 1, Chapter 5).
  • The installation must not solely provide heating to single domestic premises (see information on the Domestic RHI).
  • The metering arrangements must include the right types of meters, correctly calibrated and placed in correct locations. Every installation will require at least one MID Class  heat meter (see Easy Guide to Metering).
  • The specific criteria, relevant to the technology applied for are met (see Guidance Volume 1, Chapter 5).
  • Biomass boilers must meet air quality requirements for all applications submitted on or after 24 September 2013.

This checklist provides an overview of the requirements. For more detail, see the Easy Guide to Eligibility and Guidance Volume 1, Chapter 4.

Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)

All renewable heating systems in the Domestic RHI must be certified by MCS. This is an internationally recognised quality assurance scheme supported by government. You’ll need an MCS certificate number to support your application. More.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 13th Jun 2016
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This document includes a list of the eligible technologies and their requirements for the Non-Domestic RHI scheme.

  • Published: 24th Mar 2016
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This is the most recent version of the easy guide to eligibility and includes latest amendments to the scheme.

  • Published: 24th Mar 2016
  • Factsheets
  • 1 Associated documents
This document provides answers to some frequently asked questions for applicants who intend to apply for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.

  • Published: 25th Feb 2016
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This is the most recent version of the easy guide to Non-Domestic RHI and includes latest amendments to the scheme.

  • Published: 25th Feb 2016
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This guide explains what you need to do to meet the sustainability requirements which came into force on 5 October 2015. It contains information on the requirements, and the different reporting routes available to you to show compliance.

  • Published: 25th Feb 2016
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This is the most recent version of the easy guide to metering and includes latest amendments to the Non-Domestic RHI

  • Published: 14th Jul 2014
  • Closed: 14th Aug 2014
  • Consultations & responses
  • 4 Associated documents
Consultation on heat meter eligibility in the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme: heat meters with strap-on temperature sensors.

  • Published: 24th Sep 2013
  • Other
  • 2 Associated documents
This question and answer factsheet provides assistance on metering to applicants who intend to apply for the Non Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

  • Published: 5th Dec 2012
  • Open letters & correspondence
  • 1 Associated documents
This publication is for the Non-Domestic RHI and includes information about heat pumps and the eligible heat criteria for ground source heating and cooling systems.