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Cut down on your energy bills with a solar panel grant

While the cost of a solar panel installation varies depending on each job, you can expect to pay at least £5,000. We understand that, for a lot of people, this is an unachievable cost. Thankfully, there are a number of funding options, including grants for solar panels, that we can help you apply for. These include:

Energy Company Obligation (ECO4)

The government’s ECO4 scheme helps households in fuel poverty by providing funding for solar panels. Energy companies are in charge of deciding how much funding they offer. Check here for a list of energy companies currently providing ECO4 grants for solar panels.

Main Eligibility criteria:

  • You must be a household living in fuel poverty.
  • You should meet the specific income requirements set by the scheme.
  • Your property should be suitable for the installation of solar panels.
  • You must not have previously received ECO solar panel grants.

The Green Deal

The Green Deal is a government loan that helps you make energy-saving improvements to your home. It is not technically a government grant for solar panels, as you will have to pay it back over time. However, it can cover the initial upfront costs of getting a solar system installed, helping you on your way to a greener (and cheaper) future.

Main Eligibility criteria:

  • Must own or rent in England, Scotland, or Wales.
  • Property must meet energy efficiency standards.
  • Must have a repayment plan for improvements.
  • It must be deemed cost-effective based on assessment.

VAT Reduction

From April 2022, homes in the UK can claim zero VAT on the materials and installation of solar panels. This means you could save over £1,000 on the installation and a further £300 annually on your energy bills.

Main Eligibility criteria:

  • Must include both the product and installation
  • The primary bulk of the work must be for energy-saving materials
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Why get a solar panel grant?

While the costs of solar panel installations are lofty, the long term benefits make them a worthy investment. Government grants for solar panels help households across the UK access greener, cheaper energy, with specific help available for low income or vulnerable families.

Future-proof your home and stop your bills skyrocketing

  • Lowers the initial installation cost of solar panels, making renewable energy more affordable.
  • Supply clean electricity, reduce your use of grid energy and result in lower monthly energy bills.
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions, helping combat climate change.
  • They last for 25 years or more, providing clean energy and saving you money in the long run.
  • Can be appealing to homebuyers, potentially raising the resale value of your property.

A long-term commitment that needs dedication

  • Solar panel grants may have limited funding or specific eligibility criteria, potentially excluding some people or properties.
  • Applying for grants for solar panels can take time and needs a level of effort and commitment.
  • Despite the grant, there may still be initial expenses for installation, maintenance, or equipment.
  • It may take several years to make your money back through energy bill savings.

Why take our advice?

Our team of experts provide free, honest and easy-to-understand advice to families across the UK. We’ve already helped deliver funding to thousands of homes and now we’re ready to help you.

How it works

We will work with you every step of the way to make the process as easy as possible. Ready to start saving? Follow the easy steps below.

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Tell us about you

Contact us for a free, no-strings-attached consultation.We will talk you through your eligibility and set up a proposed plan of action.

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We get into the details

We will assess your property and, if everything goes well, we will process your solar panel grant application.

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Install your new solar set up

Once your grant is approved, we will support you through the installation process, managing the details and answering any questions you have.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get solar panels for free on benefits?

The ECO4 solar panel grant is available to people on benefits and can result in a reduced or completely free solar panel installation.

Does the solar grant have to be repaid?

The government ECO4 grant for solar panels doesn’t need to be repaid, but the Green Deal load does need to be repaid.

How often do solar panels need to be cleaned?

Solar panels typically require cleaning every 6 to 12 months, depending on factors such as the location, climate, and surrounding environment.

Do I need planning permission to install solar panels?

In most cases, installing solar panels on residential properties does not require planning permission. Permitted Development Rights usually allow for the installation of solar panels without formal approval, as long as certain criteria are met, such as not exceeding a certain height or going beyond the plane of the roof.

My roof is covered in shade. Can I still use solar panels?

To get the most out of solar panels, your roof needs to be unshaded between 10am and 4pm.

How long does it take to install solar panels?

The installation of solar panels typically takes around 1 to 3 days, depending on factors such as the size of the system and the complexity of the installation.

How are solar panels installed?

Installing solar panels involves several steps. First, our experts assess the location to find the best spot for installation. We then secure the panels to the roof or ground using strong brackets. The panels are connected with wires and linked to an inverter that converts the electricity.

How long do solar panels last?

Solar panels last around 25 to 30 years if they are well maintained.

Can pensioners get a grant for solar panels?

Pensioners can apply for the ECO4 government grant for solar panels.

Do I need to tell my electricity supplier I have solar panels?

Yes, it’s necessary to let your electricity supplier know that you have installed solar panels. This is important because they need to update their records and billing system to include the electricity you generate. It also ensures that you receive any benefits or credits for the excess electricity you produce.