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Commercial RHI

Financial support for businesses installing renewable heating systems.

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Ofgem is the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets which is the non-ministerial government department and independent National Regulatory Authority that administer the UK RHI scheme.

What is the commercial RHI?

The commercial RHI, called the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), is a Government environmental programme that provides financial incentives to increase the uptake of renewable heat. For the non-domestic sector, it provides a subsidy, payable for 20 years, to eligible, non-domestic renewable heat generators (subject to the detailed scheme rules). The scheme closed to new entrants in March 2022.

Who runs the scheme?

Ofgem is responsible for implementing and administering the scheme on behalf of the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Who was the scheme for?

The Non-Domestic RHI was open to the non-domestic sector including industrial, commercial, public sector and not-for-profit organisations with eligible installations.  All applications remain subject to the detailed scheme rules.

RHI Scheme Requirements

Whilst the scheme is closed to new entrants, existing members have ongoing obligations.  It is advisable to visit the Ofgem website to review the scheme rules.

Once in receipt of your Non-Domestic RHI accreditation there are ongoing responsibilities including:

  • taking meter readings and submitting heat data
  • keeping a record of the regular maintenance schedule of all equipment
  • logging the quantity of fuel used
  • keeping service and fuel receipts
  • reporting any significant changes to your installation or heat use
  • submitting an annual declaration confirming compliance with your obligations.

Eligibility Criteria

A full checklist of eligibility requirements is available from Ofgem. In summary :

  • you need to be the owner of the installation
  • use boilers of an eligible type and size
  • use MCS certified installers
  • provide space heating or water heating or carry out a process
  • install the correct types of meters.

The installation must also not solely provide heating to single domestic premises.

Further Information

To discuss the installation of a commercial sized biomass boiler please get in touch.

Call free on 0330 22 33 868 or  send your requests by email.