We recently wrote about the necessity for homeowners to maintain their renewable energy system properly in order to meet compliance with Renewable Heat Incentive regulations as prescribed by OFGEM. The other part of the RHI scheme, the Non-Domestic RHI, is designed for those who have installed larger renewable systems. It covers businesses, schools, not for profit organisations and the like, as well as those who are heating more than one property off a single system. The rules that govern this scheme are a little different, so we will look at the criteria for ensuring non-domestic RHI owners continue to benefit from the available subsidy.
The key difference in the way that the subsidy is paid is that N-DRHI participants will generally have their systems metered, with the subsidy paid on the quantified amount of renewable heat generated. Therefore there is a requirement that the meters are periodically checked for errors and re-calibrated in line with manufacturer instructions. Our heat pump and biomass boiler maintenance contracts therefore include these checks as standard.
Participants in the scheme are also expected to keep a record of the maintenance schedule that has been followed, along with retaining any service receipts. Over the course of the twenty years that the subsidy is paid for this can amount to a rather large amount of paperwork! We understand this, and so we document our work meticulously and keep detailed records on file. We can help you if and when your system comes to be audited, giving you peace of mind that a mis-placed certificate or lost piece of paper does not necessarily mean immediate cessation of RHI payments.
For biomass owners a log of the quantity of fuel used, along with records that it comes from a registered supplier, must be supplied. You must also indicate that you are storing your fuel correctly, and if harvesting your own then you must record where the harvesting has taken place. We are here to help advise on the best way for you to register, harvest and store your fuel correctly. Biomass fuel with a high moisture content can severely affect the efficiency of your boiler and require cleaning more regularly. Therefore, ensuring that you are only using the best quality fuel and storing it in the correct manner will save you money in the long term.
We have the experience to ensure that you continue to receive to non-domestic RHI throughout the twenty year duration of the subsidy. Having already been in the renewables servicing industry for over ten years, we will be there for you long after others come and go.