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Solar and Energy Storage Funding

As of the 27th of June 2023, the funding support for solar photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage systems have changed significantly. In order to qualify for funding, these systems must now be acquired as part of a comprehensive energy efficiency package that includes Ground Source Heat Pumps, Air Source Heat Pumps or other renewable systems.

As a result, grant funding applications for solely Solar PV, Solar Thermal, or Energy Storage systems will no longer meet the eligibility criteria for funding. Home Energy Scotland has deemed this change necessary in order to meet with the financial parameters of the scheme and direct the available funding to measures that maximise decarbonisation and a reduction of energy usage – such as Air Source Heat Pumps and Ground Source Heat Pumps.

The Home Energy Scotland Grant and Loan scheme offers funding options for a range of solar and energy storage upgrades as part of comprehensive energy efficiency upgrade packages:

  • Solar Photovoltaic (PV) panels: Up to £6,000 (£1,250 grant plus £4,750 optional interest-free loan). Funding only available for this measure if taken as a package of measures.
  • Solar Water Heating Systems (Solar Thermal): Up to £5,000 (interest-free loan only, no grant available)
  • Hybrid Solar PV/ Water Heating Systems: Up to £5,000 (interest-free loan only, no grant available)
  • Energy Storage Systems (Heat or Electric batteries): Up to £6,000 (£1,250 grant plus £4,750 optional interest-free loan). Funding only available for either a heat or electric battery and if taken as a package of measures.

Easy Heat Systems offer a wide range of energy efficiency upgrades that can accompany the installation of Solar PV and Energy Storage Systems and meet with the funding support rules implying all solar panel and energy storage systems must be installed as part of comprehensive energy efficiency upgrade packages.

In terms of grants and funding for these additional measures, Home Energy Scotland groups these various upgrades into two categories, Energy Efficiency Improvements and Renewable Systems, all of which qualify for funding measures:

Energy Efficiency Improvements Grants and Funding:

Solid Wall Insulation:

up to £10,000 (£7,500 grant plus £2,500 optional interest-free loan)

Electric Heating:

up to £5,500 loan (£2,500 grant available for high heat retention storage heaters when installed as part of a package of measures)

Glazing:

up to £8,000 loan (no grant available)

Insulated doors:

up to £4,500 loan (no grant available)

Flat roof or room-in-roof insulation:

up to £4,000 (£3,000 grant plus £1,000 optional interest-free loan)

Loft, floor or cavity wall insulation:

up to £2,000 (£1,500 grant plus £500 optional interest-free loan).

Renewable Systems Grants and Funding:

Air Source Heat Pumps:

£15,000 (£7,500 grant plus £7,500 optional loan, or £9,000 grant plus £7,500 optional interest-free loan if the household qualifies for the rural uplift). 

Ground Source Heat Pumps:

£15,000 (£7,500 grant plus £7,500 optional interest-free loan, or £9,000 grant plus £7,500 optional interest-free loan if the household qualifies for the rural uplift). 

Hybrid heat pumps (air to water):

£15,000 (£7,500 grant plus £7,500 optional interest-free loan, or £9,000 grant plus £7,500 optional interest-free loan if the household qualifies for the rural uplift). Funding is only available for the heat pump component of the system which must meet MCS standards to qualify. Only heat pumps that are whole house (provides both heating and hot water) and provides 100% of heating requirements are normally eligible for MCS certification.

Wind Turbines:

£2,500 (interest-free loan only, no grant available)

Hydro Turbines:

£2,500 (interest-free loan only, no grant available)

Biomass Boilers or Stoves (non-automated, non-pellet stoves or room heaters are not eligible):

£15,000 (£7,500 grant potentially available upon evidence that a heat pump is unsuitable for the property (£9,000 if the household qualifies for the rural uplift)

Connections to a Renewably Powered Heat Network scheme:

£7,500 (interest-free loan only, no grant available).

The grant and loan values stated above are taken from Home Energy Scotland and are accurate as of the 10th October 2023. To find out more about Home Energy Scotland and check your eligibility, please go to their website:

heat pump funding:

  • Homeowners can benefit from a grant of £7,500 to support the install of new heat pumps.
  • For rural homeowners, grant funding is increased to £9,000 if the household qualifies for the rural uplift.
  • The remainder of funding, up to an additional £7,500, can be taken up as an optional interest-free loan with Home Energy Scotland.

Easy Heat Systems offer a wide range of energy efficiency upgrades that can accompany the installation of heat pumps to provide a comprehensive energy upgrade package that will significantly reduce your energy costs and carbon output.

The grant and funding support scheme put in place by Home Energy Scotland has been tailored to prioritise and support those individuals installing comprehensive energy efficiency packages with several energy efficiency or renewable system components, all of which have varying levels of funding support of available:

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