Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (DRHI) is closing
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) announced that the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (DRHI) will close at midnight on 31 March 2022. This includes applications to register Metering and Monitoring Service Packages (MMSP).
MCS has prepared a handy guide on everything our installers and your consumers need to know prior to the closure of the DRHI. Our aim is to enable you navigate the process and guide consumers who wish to make a successful application for the DRHI ahead of the deadline.
What installers need to know
Installers must ensure that customers have all the required paperwork for a proper made accreditation application to join the DRHI main scheme. This includes the MCS certificate and other documentation, including an EPC certificate.
To qualify for the DRHI before closure, an installation must be commissioned by the deadline.
If the installation needs metering for payment, all the required meters must be installed and the customer given the required paperwork.
A full checklist of necessary documentation can be found in the Ofgem guide to making an application to the DRHI.
The customer must submit a properly made accreditation application for the DRHI to Ofgem themselves by midnight on 31 March 2022. This is because they must make declarations and understand the ongoing obligations of the DRHI main scheme.
Important: Installers can advise but are not permitted to complete an application on a customer’s behalf.
We recommend that you advise your customers on the best option for their needs. Customers will need to decide whether to apply for the DRHI before the deadline or wait until the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) launches (expected in April 2022).
Any installations commissioned before 1 April will not be eligible for the BUS, even if a customer missed the DRHI application deadline. There is no flexibility on this, so clear communication is key.
The closure of the DRHI will not affect any installations that currently claim under the scheme.
What consumers need to know
To qualify for the DRHI, consumers must use an MCS certified installer.
You must obtain all the required paperwork from an installer to make an accreditation application to join the DRHI main scheme.
Ofgem will only accredit applications that are ‘properly made.’ To ensure that you can make a properly made application, consumers must have all the necessary paperwork, including an MCS certificate.
Ofgem has prepared a quick guide to making an application to the DRHI. This document provides clear, brief instructions on what documentation is required. It must be read alongside the essential guide, which provides all relevant detail.
You will need to decide whether to apply for the DRHI before the deadline or wait until the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) launches (expected in April 2022).
Any installations commissioned before 1 April will not be eligible for the BUS, even if you miss the DRHI application deadline. There is no flexibility on this, so ensure you have enough time to submit a properly made application for the DRHI if you wish to access it.
In the run up to the closure of the DRHI, certain scams may unfortunately arise. While MCS actively investigates scams, we always advise consumers to be vigilant. Scams come in many forms, and if something sounds too good to be true, it likely is. If you have any concerns, please contact the MCS Helpdesk on 0333 103 8130 or firstname.lastname@example.org
How MCS is protecting consumers
In the run up to the closure of the DRHI, MCS is increasing its auditing and inspection processes to ensure installations are compliant:
Installation data from the MCS Installation Database (MID) will be analysed regularly. This may trigger further action to be undertaken by MCS where deemed necessary, which may include installation assessments.
MCS installation assessments will be undertaken in accordance with the requirements set out in the MCS Licence Agreement and Mark Regulations (audits and compliance monitoring). Contractors will be required to submit any documentation requested.
MCS assessments will include checks to ensure:
- Products, installations and workmanship are compliant with MCS and legal requirements.
- Comprehensive handover documentation has been issued to the customer, as required.
- All necessary permissions and approvals have been sought prior to installation.
- Compliant sub-contract agreements are in place, where applicable.
Non-compliant installations may result in MCS certificates being removed from the MID.
Please note, Ofgem will also be undertaking its own audits that are independent of MCS.