The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme will be open for application for industrial, commercial, public sector and not-for-profit and community installations from Monday November 28, following the approval of  the RHI regulation in Parliament this week.

The commencement of the RHI comes after the initial launch date in September was cancelled due to a delay in gaining approval from the European Commission for the scheme.

The first phase of the RHI is designed to tackle the UK’s largest heat users – the industrial, business and public sector – which contribute 38 percent of the UK’s carbon emissions.

Support for the residential market will be rolled out during the second phase of the RHI. However, the timing of the second phase will not be confirmed until early in the new year.

The scheme will see solar thermal installs receive 8.5p/kWh, biomass boilers receive 7.9p/kWh and heat pump installations receive 4.5p/kWh.

Greg Barker, the Energy and Climate Change Minister said: “Renewable heat will be a big win for our economy – it will support thousands of green jobs, reduce our dependency on imported fossil fuels, reduce our carbon emissions and help us meet our renewable target.”

Ofgem will be responsible for administrating the RHI scheme and handling all applications for potential participants.

Full details of the RHI scheme can be found on the DECC website.