Green Energy Grants
By Chris Bradshaw on June 8th, 2011
Have you ever considered applying for a green energy grant? There are a number of grants available to help with the costs of implementing energy saving measures in your home. Wind turbines, solar heating, cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, double glazing, draught proofing, heating appliances, radiator panels, energy saving light bulbs are all covered by grants.
These grants are available to everyone, not just those who have a low income. Grants come from three areas, government, energy suppliers and local authorities.
To encourage householders to install micro-generation technologies and generate energy through renewable energy solutions – such as wind turbines and solar heating – the Government has implemented the feed-in tariff (Fit) scheme and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
Green energy grants are available to homeowners installing a certified product using a certified installer, encompassing various small scale renewables such as:-
- Solar photovoltaics – Sun shines on cells in a solar panel which convert solar radiation to electricity
- Wind turbines – Wind force produces power to turn a turbine which in turn produces electricity.
- Small hydro – Converts the energy of water stored at height to turn a turbine to produce electricity. These can range from domestic on or off grid applications to community or commercial applications.
- Solar thermal hot water – Solar panels heat tanks of water via a heat transfer system.
- Ground source heat pumps – A few metres underground the temperature remains a steady 12 degrees centigrade. Pipes embedded within the ground transfer this heat via a heat pump and use it to supplement hot water and central heating systems.
- Bio-energy – Two type of bio-fuel are burned to produce heat. Woody biomass such as wood (in the form of wood pellets, wood chips and wood logs) and energy crops plus short rotation coppice such as willow. Non-woody biomass such as animal waste industrial and biodegradable municipal products from food processing and high energy crops i.e. rape, sugar cane, maize.
- Air source heat pumps – These work by absorbing heat from the air outside, even in the most extreme temperatures. Used alongside an existing heating system, air source heat pumps are usually fitted to a wall (the sunnier the better) but the units can also be ground mounted.
Through the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP), financial assistance is available to help homeowners cover the costs of installing renewable heating technologies. Grants ranging from £300 to £1,250 are on offer to anyone installing biomass boilers, solar water heating or heat pumps.
The Energy Saving Trust which operates the schemes on behalf of the Government are also empowered to provide advice and grants similar to those offered to households for community groups, public, private and not for profit organisations.
Energy suppliers have, since 2002, been given government targets to promote energy efficiency to support the government’s vision of cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 60% by 2050. This comprises a range of offers that reduce the costs of installing energy saving and renewable measures. You can shop around for the best deal, you don’t have to use your own energy supplier.
Local authorities also provide grants and offers for local residents and these will vary by area which is why you will be asked for your postcode when you access the website at www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/. Have a look at what’s on offer for your postcode and tick for more information.