The RHI, which opens to applicants now, encourages households to install heating systems such as biomass boilers, air and ground source heat pumps, and solar thermal panels, by giving them quarterly payments (over seven years) for the amount of renewable heat their system produces.
The scheme is open to home owners, social and private landlords, and people who build their own homes, and available to households both on and off the gas grid. The Government had originally been expected to launch the scheme in autumn 2012.
It follows the non domestic RHI which has been available to commercial, industrial, public sector, not for profit heat networks since November 2011.
John Alker, Director of Policy and Communications at the UK Green Building Council, said:
“The long wait for the domestic RHI is finally over and people can now start to be rewarded for the clean, renewable heat they produce in their homes.
“Alongside the Green Deal, the RHI will help to create homes that are warmer, cheaper to heat and that emit fewer carbon emissions – major wins in the fight against rising energy bills and climate change.”