RHI Income

Generate a guaranteed 20 year income through the non domestic RHI with Kensa ground source heat pumps in holiday accommodation, earning typically £13,000 per property tax free.

The non domestic RHI

Installations of ground source heat pumps in both existing and new holiday accommodation are eligible for the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHI), the world’s first financial support scheme for generators of renewable heat. It has been introduced to encourage the take up of significantly more efficient renewable heating systems, helping to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions.

Holiday accommodation businesses are eligible for the non domestic strand of the RHI scheme, which aims to offset the cost of installing ground source heat pumps in commercial applications, providing a long term rate of return and fast payback.

The RHI: At a glance

  • Non domestic and commercial applications;
  • Retrofit and new build;
  • Quarterly payments for 20 years;
  • Based on metered heat consumption;
  • At a rate of 9.1p/kWh of heat generated.
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The RHI & you

  • Payments are made every quarter for 20 years and are based on metered heat consumption;
  • For this reason, holiday accomodation with extended season opening will benefit as a result of higher heating requirements, although heat usage also includes all the hot water as well as the space heating;
  • The current tariff is 9.1p per kilowatt hour of heat energy produced; more than twice the cost per kilowatt hour to run the heat pump system;
  • The tariff is payable on all heat produced by the heating system.  The tariffs are index linked, so rise each year in line with inflation;
  • Once on the scheme you are locked in to the prevailing tariff rate; you will not be affected by any future “digression” the Government might choose to make to the tariff;
  • The RHI is enshrined in law for new installations to 2021, so it isn’t going anywhere fast. But unlike the infinite energy your ground source heat pumps can tap into, there isn’t a finite pot to fund their installations, so our advice is act now!

How it works

RHI Example

For each property you can expect to earn typically £540 in the first year of your RHI payments and £13,156 over the 20 year RHI period, assuming that the property:

  • Has an annual heating and hot water requirement of 6125kWh;
  • Is available for rent all year round;
  • Has an intermittent occupancy profile, peaking in the summer and on average around 65% occupancy during the autumn, winter and spring;
  • Retains some level of background heating during unoccupied periods.
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I would definitely recommend ground source heat pump technology to other holiday let businesses. It is very important that our guests are warm and comfortable and have enough hot water. Kensa designed systems that deliver exactly what is needed for our business and I found that their expertise, knowledge and customer support simply couldn’t be matched by other companies.

Mrs Robinson, owner of Broadgate Farm

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Brochures: Holiday Accommodation: Example

Download a typical example of a Kensa holiday lodge project including its benefits versus LPG, the system cost, the savings, and RHI income.


The Non-Domestic RHI

The purpose of the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is to compensate for the cost of installing ground source heat pumps in commercial applications, providing a long term rate of return and fast payback for business owners, developers and social housing providers.