The renewable heating technologies proposed under the current RHI include
- Biomass heat generation and Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
- Ground source heat pumps
- Solar thermal heat and hot water
Only equipment and fuels of suitable quality and energy efficiency will qualify for RHI support. This is to ensure the building of the renewable heat market and also to maintain the consumer confidence in this market.
Air Source Heat Pumps are not included in the RHI for the commercial and public sectors. However, premium payments are available to domestic users to help fund the installation of such systems in domestic properties. There is the possibility therefore, that Air Source Heat Pumps will qualify for RHI for domestic users.