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A third of Brits use green energy
Almost a third of Britons use green electricity, according to a survey. While 70 per cent of Britons are buying electricity from traditional energy providers, 30 per cent are seeking out energy tariffs that reduce their carbon emissions. Tell me more...

Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
What is the Renewable Heat Incentive?

The Renewable Heat Incentive is a fixed payment for the renewable heat you generate yourself

The Renewable Heat Incentive is very similar to the Feed-in Tariffs which have done more than anything else to accelerate the installation of renewable energy capacity in Europe. That's why the founders of Renewable Heat Incentive Limited were so active in the campaign to introduce them in the UK. It succeeded and in April 2011 the Renewable Heat Incentive will come into force. While the Renewable Heat Incentive is very similar to the Feed-In Tariffs, there are some important differences due to the fact that pretty much every single property in the UK generates its own heat from a gas or oil boiler. In other words, there is no ‘National Grid for Heat’ and so importing and exporting heat is not relevant.
 

There are three steps to the RHI:
Step One: you install renewable heat systems in your property such as solar thermal panels, heat pumps or a biomass (wood burning) boiler
Step Two: an estimate is made about how much heat your renewable energy systems will produce
Step Three: you get paid a fixed amount based on that estimate

Who are they for?
Broadly speaking everyone, for example:
• Households
• Landlords
• Businesses
• Schools
• Hospitals
• Farmers
• Care homes
The list goes on and on and includes entire communities coming together to invest in a renewable scheme from which they will all use the heat and share the income.

What renewable energy systems are eligible?
Most forms of renewable heat generation in all sizes.

Do they cover electricity?
No; that is being covered by the Feed-In Tariffs - the Renewable Heat Incentive's maturer teenage brother.
We used the word ‘maturer’ because unlike the Renewable Heat Incentive, the Feed-In Tariffs are in place in roughly 40 other countries...whereas the Renewable Heat Incentive is a World First!
...And we used the word ‘teenage’ because it until April 1st 2010, the Feed-In Tariffs aren't actually live.

For more information on RHI, see page www.rhincentive.co.uk