How do I claim the domestic renewable heat incentive?
Posted by Cathy Debenham on 16 September 2013 at 9:08 am
Q: I have recently installed an air to heat system in my home. What do I have to do to claim the renewable heat incentive payment?
A: First, I'm assuming you are talking about an air to water heat pump. If you have an air-to-air heat pump then you are not eligible for the renewable heat incentive (RHI).
As someone who has installed before the start of the full renewable heat incentive scheme you will be classified as a 'legacy applicant'. That applies to anyone who has installed an eligible heating system between 15 July 2009 and the domestic RHI launch.
You will not be able to apply until the scheme starts (this is expected to be in Spring 2014). However, you can prepare in advance so that you have all the necessary paperwork.
You will need to have an MCS certificate, which your installer should already have given you.
It is a requirement of application that you have a green deal assessment, and that you insulate your loft and cavity walls (if you have them) to a minimum standard. This can be funded through the green deal if you wish, and you may be eligible for green deal cashback. If insulating is not feasible, you will have to provide evidence of why not. If you are a self builder you just need an EPC on the finished property.
Tariffs will be paid per kWh of renewable heat generated. The amount of heat generated from your air source heat pump will be 'deemed'. This is an estimate of the property's expected annual heat usage. As a legacy applicant it will be assumed that the seasonal performance factor for your heat pump is 2.5. If you believe that it is better than that you can ask an MCS accredited installer to certify its performance. .
For heat pumps, the estimated heat use of a property will be calculated after the installation of required energy efficiency measures (see below). This figure will be taken from the energy performance certificate (EPC) done as part of a green deal assessment. Click here to read more about calculating the payments for heat pumps
If you do not intend to use the green deal for financing, you may prefer to get the assessment done after you have insulated.
Applications will be handled by Ofgem. When the system opens, you will have to fill in an online form. There will be an alternative available for those who don't have access to a computer. You will need your MCS certificate, EPC and green deal advice report to hand when you fill out the form.
If you have received any other funding, such as the renewable heat premium payment, you must declare it on the form, and it will be deducted from your RHI payments. So you will also need details of that to hand when you apply.
More information on the RHI on YouGenCathy Debenham
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