Commercial Renewable Heat Incentive Released by DETI

The Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a scheme run by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) that provides financial support to non-domestic renewable heat generators and producers of biomethane who are based in Northern Ireland.

The purpose of the scheme

The primary objective for the RHI is to increase the uptake of renewable heat to 10% by 2020.

In addition to achieving the set target, it is expected that the RHI will have a number of other wider benefits in terms of fuel security, lower emissions and ‘green jobs’.

Who is the scheme for?

The scheme includes small businesses, hospitals, schools and so on, as well as district heating schemes (for example where one boiler serves multiple homes).


To find out all about the scheme, visit the Commercial Renewable Heat Incentive page at the DETI website

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Due 2013

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) have a consultation out now about the new ‘feed in tariff’ for solar thermal systems.

Final details have not been announced, but it’s likely to look like this:

  1. A feed in tariff paid to the householder every year
  2. The heat generated will not be measured (this cannot be done with thermal systems as it can with PV) – instead the tariff will be based upon a deemed amount of heat that a system will generate.
  3. The amount likely to be paid is going to be between £200 pa and £400 pa. The figure has not yet been set.
  4. If the householder takes up the new feed in payments any previous grant (usually the £400) will have to be repaid.
  5. The payments cannot be claimed until April 2011 but from that date they can be claimed for all systems installed after 19 July 2009.

The annual payment will be made to the house owner for twenty years.