Fast Facts and the Latest Updates on the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive

By | September 16, 2015

If you didn’t know it already, the Non-Domestic RHI or Renewable Heat Incentive was actually launched almost three years ago, in November of 2012. Since then, however, there have been some notable changes and adjustments to this incentive from the government, especially when it comes to the acceptance of new technologies and application procedures and requirements.

Changes made in May of 2014

The Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive was created for the express benefit of those who availed of and installed renewable energy technologies in their places of business, factories, and offices. Since its launch in November of 2012, there have been some updates that you should be aware of.

An overview of the main changes set forth for the Non-Domestic RHI

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On the 28th of May 2014, for instance, some new technologies became eligible for the Non-Domestic RHI. One of these is the acceptance of air source heat pumps, or ASHPs. But it should also be noted that amongst the two different kinds of air source heat pumps, only those which are air to water are eligible and not those which are air to air. In addition, the air to water heat pumps should be built for cooling. If you are planning to have an air source heat pump installed in your establishment, you should make certain that it is an air to water heat pump rather than an air to air heat pump in order to be eligible for the scheme.

Another change made in May of 2014 was regarding the capacity of biogas, which has been extended to a limit of 200 kilowatts. Also, the energy acquired from waste will now include commercial as well as industrial waste.

More on the eligibility and application of new renewable energy technologies such as ASHPs and GSHPs

Whether you have recently installed or are still thinking of installing an air source heat pump or a ground source heat pump, you should also know that if you apply for the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive, you are required to produce an SPF, or Seasonal Performance Factor, with a minimum of 2.5. Furthermore, when you apply for the incentive, you should also provide a measurement of your electrical input in order to compute for the SPF as well as give information on meter readings for every quarter.

GSHP installations that can supply both cooling and heating are also required to have the capacity to measure the amount of heat which is taken from the ground.

Additional information on grants

There has also been an update regarding grants – those who have received grants for their systems and renewable energy technologies now have the chance to repay their grant so they too can become eligible for the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme. In some instances, grants can also be paid back through payment reductions in the tariff rate.

Important points to remember

It is also worth noting if you are planning to apply for the scheme that your Non-Domestic installation will not be accredited if your installation has already been accredited under the Domestic RHI scheme, or if you have also submitted an application for a Domestic RHI scheme and your application has not been withdrawn. If your renewable energy technology also provides heat to a property that has already been accredited under the Domestic RHI, your application for the Non-Domestic RHI will not be accredited.

If you are still looking for the best price when it comes to renewable energy technology installations such as air source heat pumps, you should make it a point to compare different air source heat pumps’ prices in order to get the best deal.