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How You Can Apply for the Domestic RHI Scheme

Updated: Feb 28

Closure of the domestic RHI scheme

As we know, the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is closing to new applicants from midnight on the 31st March 2022. This means that anyone wishing to claim these payments who don’t already receive them, have until this time to submit a fully compliant application on the back of a completed and commissioned MCS installation.

How to Submit Your Application

  • Here is a handy checklist of the documents you need to have during the application process:

  • Property’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), which must be less than 24 months old when you apply and confirm loft and/or cavity wall insulation not required.

  • MCS certificate(s) for heating systems.

  • Purchase receipt or invoice for installation.

  • Installer Metering Questions (IMQs) from your installer if system is metered for payment.

  • Documentation for any grant funding you have received (excludes loaned funds that will be repaid).

  • Copy of a utility bill or council tax bill.

  • Bank details for a UK bank account in your name as the applicant, or in the name of the company that owns the heating system.

  • Your ID details, or that of the company that owns the heating system.

  • We would strongly recommend making the application as much ahead of the closure time as possible, as any application that is not submitted correctly, or missing any information, will be rejected by Ofgem and you’ll want to give yourself time to submit any additional supporting information they request. As the installer, we are not permitted to make the application on your behalf but we will provide as much assistance and advice as we can to support you through the process.

What is happening after RHI closes

The new Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) is set to launch on launch in April 2022. It is a voucher based scheme where eligible applicants will receive a grant of £5000 for air source and £6000 for ground source installations. Similarly to the RHI, it must conform to MCS which means only an MCS installer, installing MCS certified products can facilitate the grant. To qualify for the BUS grant, the system must be commissioned from 1st April 2022 onwards; if it is commissioned before, it will not be eligible for the BUS.

Each scheme has its pros and cons, but here are the benefits of the BUS grant as we see them:

  • Reduced hassle for the client, because we as the installer apply for the grant on your behalf

  • No lengthy application form to submit following the installation

  • Focuses more directly on heat pumps which will have a greater, more positive impact on our environment, than for example biomass boilers will have

  • One off payment which can help to fund the upfront cost of the installation

  • The EPC needs to have been carried out within the last 10 years, in contrast to the 2 years RHI required for eligibility

Still have questions about the government grants available for heat pumps? Call us and speak with one of our knowledgeable advisors who can guide

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