dRHI changes come into force

Updates to the domestic RHI, announced in November, came into force recently on February 2, 2015.

These regulatory amendments make a number of small changes to the Domestic RHI scheme which include:

  • Removal of Green Deal Assessment (GDA) for Social Landlords (SLs) – These regulations remove the need for SLs to have a GDA in able to be eligible for the Domestic RHI.
  • Inclusions of additional technologies – Two additional technologies have been included in this set of regulations, cooker stoves and high temperature heat pumps.
  • Clarification on ‘related property’ – This amendment ensures it is clear that a heating system that provides heat to a domestic dwelling and related properties, such as a shed or garage, are eligible to apply for the domestic scheme but only the heat demand on the domestic dwelling is eligible for payment.
  • Updating of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) – Due to the link between the domestic RHI eligibility and MCS it was necessary to update the regulations to reflect the most recent revision of a number of MCS standards.

    For more information, please see DECC’s information sheet.

    Please also note that biomass sustainability RHI regulations came into force on February 5, 2015, with the obligation on RHI participants to meet the sustainability requirements from October 5, 2015.