Feed In Tariffs

The information site for the forthcoming guaranteed payments for renewable heat

Eligible energy sources

The Government intends the RHI to be available for most established renewable heat technologies

Eligible heat technologies

Initially only the following heat and combined heat and power (CHP) technologies will be supported:

There are restrictions on many of these, which are given in the hyperlinks within each.

Renewable district heating is eligible if it uses one of these eligible technologies, at the same tariff level as stand-alone systems.

Eligible gas injection

The Renewable Heat Incentive will also pay a tariff for feeding biomethane from anaerobic digestion back into the natural gas grid.

Eligible capacity

There are no limits on the size of system except for the two shown above - where the limit is systems with a thermal capacity of 200 kilowatts.

Eligible fuels

For biomass heating (including heat from Municipal Solid Waste - MSW), there are restrictions on the fuels that can be used. For example no waste other than MSW is permitted.

There are also conditions applied to the sustainability of all bioenergy fuels further described in Chapter 5 of the government document.

Future and ineligible technologies

For the second Phase in 2012, other technologies will also be considered for inclusion, such as air source heat pumps, hot air heating (e.g. kilns), bioliquids and landfill gas.

See the government's thinking on these and other ineligible technologies.

Tariff levels

The levels proposed for the heat output of each size and type of technology are shown on our tariff levels table.

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