Renewable Energy Grants
Thinking of installing renewable energy in your home? Did you know you can get up to £1250 towards the cost of a new system from UK government?
The Renewable Heat Premium Payment is designed to help towards meeting the costs of installing renewable technologies in your home.
What is it?
This is a UK Government scheme to help you afford renewable technologies for your home, such as,
- Solar panels,
- Heat pumps,
- Biomass boilers.
The amount received as part of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme depends on what you plan to install.
- Solar – £300
- Air to water heat pump – £850
- Ground source or water source heat pump – £1250
- Biomass boiler – £950
The Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme runs from 1 May 2012 to 31 March 2013, subject to available funding.
Who can apply?
If you live in England, Scotland or Wales and your installation did not receive funding under previous schemes you are eligible to apply. Your installation must also not have been commissioned for the first time, as detailed on your MCS certificate, before21st July 2011.
How you currently heat your home will depend on which technologies you are able to apply for.
- If you have recently removed a mains gas heating system or currently heat your home with mains gas, you are only eligible to apply for solar thermal.
- If you currently rely on oil, liquid gas, solid fuel or electricity then you could also apply for air-to-water heat pumps, ground-source or water-source heat pumps and biomass boilers.
What do you have to do before applying?
- Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria.
- The property must be owned by you and continue to be owned by you for the duration of the metering and survey requirements or if you are a tenant you must be purchasing the system yourself and have permission from the owner of the property.
- If the property is a new build, then you must retain ownership of the property either as the occupier or as the Private Landlord.
- The property must have loft insulation to 250mm and cavity wall insulation (where possible).
- You should have all necessary planning permission and environmental permissions in place.
- The product and installer must be certified under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme or Solar Keymark (or equivalent).
For more information on renewable energy grants and to find out if you are eligible visit the energy saving trust website.