Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme is an renewable energy grant designed to help domestic householders in Northern Ireland afford alternative renewable technologies that can heat their home and provide hot water by a more energy efficent method than traditional heating fuels such as oil or gas.
If you qualify, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) will provide you with a voucher. Once you have had one of the following renewable technologies installed in your property, this voucher can then be exchanged for grant money.
- Air source heat pumps
- Biomass-fuelled boilers
- Ground source or water source heat pumps
- Solar thermal hot water
How much are the Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme grants worth?
- 3,500 Ground Source Heat Pumps
- £ 2,500 Biomass and Wood Pellet Boilers
- £ 1,700 Air Source Heat Pumps
- £ 1,000 Replacement Boilers
- £ 320 Solar Panels
As of the 8th February 2016, applications for the Domestic (Home-owner) Renewable Heat Incentive, Northern Ireland closed.
Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, Jonathan Bell announced his intention to close the domestic and non domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) schemes. RHI was launched to the non domestic sector in November 2012 and extended to the domestic sector in December 2014.
Commenting on his decision the Minister said: ‘It is with great reluctance that I have had to announce my intention to close both RHI schemes. Both schemes have been very successful with the non domestic scheme in particular seeing significant uptake during the last 12 months and more so in the run up to the recent scheme changes introduced in November 2015.
It is estimated that around 6% of NI’s heating needs are now provided through renewable technologies. The Executive’s target to achieve 4% renewable heat has been exceeded. “However, this increased demand means the available budget for new applications has been exhausted. To meet RHI commitments for existing installations, significant levels of additional funding will have to be found from within the NI Executive’s budget for the next five years to address the current deficit.
To prevent further overspend I must bring forward legislation to the Assembly to close both schemes to new applications. “My Department will also be carrying out a comprehensive review and audit, to ensure that the operation of the schemes is strictly in compliance with the scheme requirements and the underpinning legislation.
Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme Eligibility
If you want to know whether you qualify for the scheme, details on the eligibility criteria can be found at the following link:
Terms and conditions are also available on the site:
Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme process
Find out what you will have to do to obtain funding and what you can expect from the process at the following link:
Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme How to apply
You can apply by completing and returning the following application form:
Is there a similar scheme for non-domestic properties?
If you are responsible for a non-domestic property you may be able to apply for the Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Incentive scheme. More information can be found at the link below.
Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme More information
For more information about the scheme, and renewable heat technologies in general, you can call Energy Line on:
- 0300 200 7874