Solar Grants UK

Solar Grants UK were available from the Low Carbon Buildings Programme. The grants stopped in March 2010 when the UK Feed-In Tariff was introduced.

Before you applied for a solar grant there were several measures which were needed to do before you could apply for the grant, to ensure that the property is as energy efficient as possible. Even though this is not a requirement for the feed-in tariff it is still worth doing

The requirements were:

  • Insulate the loft to meet the building regulations, currently 2700mm
  • Install cavity wall insulation
  • Fit low energy light bulbs where possible
  • Controls need to be fitted for your heating system these include thermostat, timer or a programmer.

It may not be possible for you to complete all of the requirements due to your property type.

Seek planning permission if required. The rules for installation have been reduced from April 2008, but if you live in or near a conservation area, you may need planning permission. If you are unsure it is worth contacting your local council. You will also need planning permission if the panels will protrude more than 200mm from the roof.

If you are looking to install a stand alone solar power you will need to get planning permission if the panels are more than 4 metres in height, less than 5 metres from a boundary, are larger than 9m2 or visible from conservation or world heritage site.

You will need to obtain a quote from an accredited installer and ensure that the solar you are planning to fit has microgeneration certification. This used to be called the Clear Skies List

If you are looking for Grants outside the UK a complete database including lots of countries can be found on the Solar Electricity Handbook.

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