Solar Power Grants
Grants for Solar Electricity Generation
Available since 1st April 2010 the Feed In Tariff allows the consumer with a renewable electricity system installed to export surplus electricity back to their energy supplier. Eligible systems include solar PV (photovoltaic) installations or wind turbines.
Under the scheme you are entitled to a set price of 43.3p per kilo watt Hour for all electricity generated as well as another payment for any surplus exported to the grid. The set price is index linked to the retail price index. As well as a reduction in your electricity bill you will receive income from your Feed In Tariff.
Grants for Solar Hot Water
The Renewable Heat Incentive is being launched by the Government in 2011 to provide financial assistance to individuals and businesses to convert their heating source from fossil fuel to renewable fuel, for example wood fuel or solar power.
The final details of the scheme have yet to be confirmed but it will essentially pay the consumer a set amount each year for every kilo watt hour of heat produced as an incentive to reduce carbon emissions. If you have any surplus heat you may be able to receive another payment for exporting the heat energy.
There are no plans to set up a system to measure the amount of heat generated. The plan is to use an estimated figure based on the amount of energy needed to heat the home and water and will depend upon the property’s age, size and technology employed.
Eligible renewable heat technologies include solar thermal, biomass boilers and air, water and ground source heat pumps. Any renewable heat technology installed on or after 15th July 2009 should be eligible for the scheme.