Solar energy grants: Enjoy hot water for less all year round
September 24, 2020
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September 24, 2020
The Government’s Green Homes Grant, (also colloquially named ‘solar energy grants’) came into effect in September 2020. However, as expected, there’s been some confusion over who is eligible and what, exactly, is covered under the scheme.
One of the most popular and confusing improvements is in regard to the funding for solar panels. That’s why this blog is going to take a deep dive into everything you need to know about what to expect from this exciting development.
The Green Homes Grant covers a range of primary insulation or low carbon heating improvements. As a result, if you install one of these primary measures, you’re eligible for a secondary measure, such as double or secondary glazing.
Although these improvements are a fantastic contribution to the Government’s energy-saving commitments, your personal sustainability efforts don’t need to stop there. Check out our tips and tricks for a greener way to live.
There are two types of solar energy panel available on the market, both of which utilise different technologies for different purposes.
These are both excellent, green-fingered options. However, the Government Green Homes Grant only covers solar thermal panels. This is due to solar PV panels being a relatively new technology with fewer options available on the market.
For the best results, install your solar thermal panels on south-facing roofs or on the ground in direct sunlight.
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Note: If the Green Homes Grant doesn’t cover your thermal panel costs, then the Renewable Heat Incentive will pay you back the cost of installation every quarter over a period of 7 years.
The Green Homes Grant will cover the cost of thermal solar panels up to the amount of £10k. On average, 3–10 solar panels will cost you anywhere between £4,370 and £14,570. We recommend you opt for the higher-end panels for greater longevity and effectiveness.
Check out our solar panel installation cost guide for a comprehensive look into all the costs involved in both types of solar panels.
Head over to the GOV.UK website for a comprehensive overview of your eligibility, the latest guidance, how much your voucher is worth and where to apply for funding.
The UK isn’t known for its sunshine. However, as long as your thermal solar panels are installed on your roof or in a spot that gets direct sunlight, they’re incredibly effective at drawing and storing heat from the sun, meaning they work all year round.
No. Due to their complexity and specific installation requirements, we recommend you hire a professional to install your solar panels so you can reap the most benefits.
According to Solar Guide, the best solar panels for the UK are those produced by LG or Panasonic.
No, only solar thermal panels are available, which heat up your water and reduce your heating bills by up to 10% per year.
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