Why can I not get both RHI and FiTs?
Posted by Gabby Mallett on 16 September 2016 at 5:05 pm
Question: Our new custom built house will have a new air source heat pump & solar thermal. Assuming we use an accredited supplier etc we think we may be eligible for Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme payments for these. However according to the Ofgem Domestic RHI Reference document (page 32) it looks like we cannot claim Feed-in Tariff (FiT) payments for the solar PV (installed in 2011 on our old house) and new RHI payments too. It looks like it is either one or the other?? The guidelines are not totally clear.
Answer: Firstly see my blog on the RHI for custom builds. It certainly looks as though you should be able to claim RHI for your new Renewable heating systems.
There is certainly no reason why someone shouldn’t be able to claim RHI for their renewable heating and FiTs for their renewable electricity generation, so I am not sure where the confusion has arisen. You mention page 32 of the reference document, but this details multiple renewable heat products rather than multiple renewable energy products.
As you are having PV, Air Source Heat Pump and Solar Thermal installed the good news is that you should be eligible for FiTs on the PV for electricity generation, RHI on the ASHP for space heating and RHI on the solar thermal for water heating.
More information about the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) on YouGen.
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