Can I get a grant for solar panels? 

February 2 2023

It’s not just the energy crisis that has people wondering how to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.  Almost a quarter of carbon emissions are generated by households across the UK.  For homeowners wanting to move towards being carbon neutral, investing in renewable energy is a step in the right direction. 

There are a range of grants that may be available but understanding where to turn to find advice can be challenging.   

Is there a government grant for solar panels? 

The ECO4 scheme is one of many tools the Government have established to help households reduce their carbon emissions. The ECO4 scheme is designed to provide Government grant funding for new heating systems, loft and solar panels. 

To be eligible for solar panels, your home needs to meet specific requirements: 

  • Have an inefficient heating system within the D-G energy efficiency band. 
  • Homeowners or living in private rented accommodation 
  • all-electric homes (on and off-gas) where biomass boilers or District Heat Network have been deemed not possible 
  • In receipt of certain Government state benefits or low-income.   

Do I get paid for having solar panels? 

The Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) is a scheme that provides solar panel owners with payments for the electricity they generate and export to the grid.  SEG has replaced the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme previously offered to those with solar panels.    

If you are considering installing solar panels on your home, check with your local council to see if solar panel grants are available in your area. 

About the Smart Export Guarantee – Energy Saving Trust 

For homeowners not eligible for grant funding or needing to top-up grant funding, our Renewable Energy Loan may be a good solution. Find out more about our flexible, fixed rate loan here. 

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