Published by Kate Anderson on September 26th, 2013

Time is running out to register your ground source and air source heat pumps on the Microgeneration Certification Scheme database. If you own one of these renewable heating products you have until 4pm on Tuesday 22 October to get your system registered. 

You must meet the deadline if you want to take advantage of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme which goes live next year. By registering your system you’ll be eligible to apply for the RHI and get paid for generating your own renewable heat.

The domestic RHI tariffs were announced back in July, with the Government confirming owners of ground source heat pumps who meet the qualifying criteria will receive 18.8p/kWh. Households who have installed air source heat pumps (air-to-water) would achieve a rate of 7.3p/kWh if they signed up for the domestic scheme. Air-to-air heat pumps are not eligible for the RHI.

Heat pumps installed on or after 15 July 2009 are eligible for the RHI, but in order to apply for the scheme you will need your unique MCS installation number, which appears on the MCS certificate you should have received after your heat pump system was installed. Without this you won’t be able to make an RHI application.

Other adopters of green heating technologies, such as solar water heating and biomass boilers will also need to make sure their systems are registered on the MCS database.

If you haven’t received your MCS installer certificate number get in touch with the company who carried out your heat pump installation and get your system registered on the MCS database before 22 October, otherwise you’ll miss out on one of the key benefits of installing green heating technolgies – RHI tariff payments.

What will I need to register for the RHI?

When the RHI launches you will require the following to apply for tariff payments:

  • Your MCS certificate installer number
  • Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
  • Green Deal assessment report
  • Loft and cavity walls insulated to the minimum standards

RHI applications are to be administered by Ofgem. When completing your application form you must also declare whether you have received funding from the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) as this will need to be deducted from RHI payments.