Renewable Heat Premium Payment

The Renewable Heat Premium Payment is designed to help you afford renewable technologies for your home. If you’ve read about the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) , you will already be aware that the Renewable Heat Premium Payment is the forerunner of the RHI for domestic customers. 

What is the Renewable Heat Premium Payment?

Who can apply for the Renewable Heat Premium Payment?

What do you have to do before applying?

How to apply

What next?

How many vouchers have been issued through the scheme?

Find out details of the social housing stream

What is the Renewable Heat Premium Payment?

This is a UK Government scheme designed to help you afford renewable technologies for your home, such as:

The amount received as part of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme depends on which technology you are applying for. The voucher values for each of the technologies is listed below:


 Voucher Value

Solar Thermal Hot Water £300
Air Source Heat Pump £850 
Ground Source or Water Source Heat Pump £1250
Biomass boiler £950 

The Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme will run from 1st August 2011 to 31st March 2012. Apply now for the scheme >


Who can apply for the Renewable Heat Premium Payment?

If you live in England, Scotland or Wales, you are eligible to apply for the Renewable Heat Premium Payment.

No matter how you currently heat your home and how much fuel you already use, anyone can apply for the solar thermal panel funding. However, if you currently rely on oil, liquid gas, solid fuel or electricity then you could also apply for air, ground - or water - source heat pumps and biomass boilers.

So only those who do not currently use gas as their main heating fuel can apply for these technologies.

If you have any further questions about whether you can apply, please feel free to give one of our friendly advisors a call on: 0800 512 012.

What do you have to do before applying?

  • The property must be owned by you or if you are a tenant you must be purchasing the system yourself and have permission from the owner of the property
  • Property must have loft insulation to 250mm and cavity wall insulation (where practical)
  • You should have all necessary planning and environmental permissions in place
  • Getting your home insulated is actually really easy and relatively cheap, so if you don’t already have a fully insulated house, check our Grants and Offers Database for cheap insulation offers or even grants!

The product and installer you go with must be certified under the  Microgeneration Certification Scheme  (MCS),  Solar Keymark  (or equivalent).

Finally, not only is the scheme a great excuse to install technologies that will dramatically reduce your energy costs at home but the Government are also keen to learn as much as possible about renewable technologies. And for that they need your feedback.

As a requirement for the Renewable Heat Premium Payment you will be asked to submit information about how the technology you have installed is performing in its environment and you might be selected to have some monitoring equipment installed at the same time as your technology.

If you have got questions why not see if we have answered them in our -

Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme FAQs

How to apply

If you’ve read the above carefully and you feel satisfied that you are eligible to apply for a Renewable Heat Premium Payment, you can apply for the scheme now >

What next?

If you meet all the criteria you will receive a voucher (time-scale dependent on the technology you are installing) and you will need to sign and return the voucher with a copy of the invoice from your installer and certificate from the  Microgeneration Certification Scheme  (or equivalent) once you have installed your technology.

When everything has been checked and signed - you will receive the money directly into your bank account.

Other considerations:

  • No vouchers will be valid beyond 31st March 2012 and the expiry date on your voucher may be earlier than this
  • The offer is cash limiting. Once the budget for the scheme is reached (and there is a review point at £10m), there will be no more RHPP.

Final checklist

  • Checking the technology is suitable for your home. Try our Home Energy Generation Selector  tool which will identify the most suitable technologies for your home
  • Ensuring you have all the basic energy efficient measures installed in your home (cavity and loft installation)
  • Investigating all the various renewable technologies on offer and calling our advice line on: 0800 512 012 for more advice and information
  • Try getting a minimum of three quotes from  MCS certified installers  (or equivalent)
  • Checking planning permission (particularly for Air Source Heat Pumps)

How many vouchers have been issued through the scheme?

For statistics on how many vouchers have been issued including statistics per technology and country please download our weekly statistics.

Details of the social housing stream

The Social Housing stream of the RHPP is now closed to applications.

However, for reference, details of the stream are provided below. From 15th August to 15th September, bids were invited from Registered Providers of social housing for funds up to around £175,000 (€200,000) per housing provider to support proposals for heating equipment including biomass boilers, solar hot water panels and heat pumps for social housing tenants.

£3 million will be available under the new scheme which should in total finance at least 17 social housing projects. The bids will be evaluated by a panel of experts on criteria including value for money, the number of individual installations, the opportunity for learning and the number of homes not supplied by mains gas.

Successful applicants will be informed in late September / early October and can therefore start installing renewable heat equipment as soon as they receive confirmation of their winning bid.

You can also download the FAQs for the social housing stream.

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Before you start...

Energy efficiency first! Before you think about installing a system to generate your own heat, make sure your home is as energy efficient as it can be. All heat-producing systems are most efficient when used in highly insulated buildings. Focus on improving insulation and tackling draughts .

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The Energy Saving Trust's buyer's guides and field reports have lots of extra information about systems to let you generate your own energy.

Cashback Calculator

Find out how much you could earn and save when you generate your own energy with hydro, micro CHP or wind power.

The calculator lets you see how the cash your installation earns can repay a loan to cover the upfront costs, and even potentially make you a profit!