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Government Grants for Solar Panels UK

Claim £1000s in Government Grants towards a Solar Panels

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ZOA ECO Can Guide You Through the Solar Panel Grant Process

The fastest way to find out if you’re eligible for one of the government grants for solar panels is to fill in your details with us and we’ll get back to you with all the information you need. The process takes less than 60 seconds, and all we need from you is:

  • Your address
  • Your name 
  • Your email 
  • Your phone number

 

After that, we’ll talk to you a little about your household income, any benefits you or someone in your household receives, and gather details about your energy performance certificate (EPC) rating, if you know it. We can also carry out a free home assessment to talk about your eco home improvement needs and see how solar panels could help you.

Why Bother Switching To Solar?

Asking ‘Why solar?’ and ‘Why now?’ are perfectly valid questions, but there are plenty of reasons why going solar today could prove to be one of the best investments you can make for your home’s future.

Yes, you’ll save on energy bills, and yes, you’ll reduce your carbon footprint – but we’ve known that for years. But things are changing and solar is growing faster than ever right now. But why?

Well, that’s simple enough:

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Solar Panel Funding: Easier to Invest Than Ever

Homeowners across the country are looking to solar to help meet their energy needs. And now, thanks to the amount of funding for solar panels, UK government grants are helping more homeowners than ever save significant money on a solar panel installation, and in some cases, homeowners are enjoying solar panel installations for free…

Now, free solar panels aren’t going to be a thing for everyone. Each grant that covers the full or partial cost of a solar panel installation has its own eligibility criteria that must be met in order to receive any money towards the cost of a solar panel installation, and even then if your home requires a larger solar PV system, the full cost may not be covered by the grant’s limits.

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Solar Panel Grants: All You Need To Know

There are a number of government grants for solar panels out there, some old and no longer applicable (like ECO2 and ECO3) and some that are still helping fund solar panels today. Make sure you’re looking at the latest information about solar grants in order to ensure you’re up to speed with the correct grant information.

If in doubt, check back here. At ZOA Energy Solutions, we always endeavour to keep our fingers on the pulse when it comes to solar grants and any changes that are made. And you can always check with us directly to see which government solar grants are appropriate for you.

Solar Grant/Solar Funding List

  • ECO4 
  • LA Flex 
  • Finance Options
  • 0% VAT 
  • Smart Export Guarantee

 

At ZOA Energy Solutions, it matters to us that you save as much money as possible if you opt for a solar panel installation for your home. So, we’ll explain all the different solar grant and solar funding options that are available if you work with us, so you’re always clear on exactly how much financial support is out there for your solar installation.

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LA Flex Scheme: Creating Opportunities for Solar Panel Grants

The Local Authority Flexible Eligibility (LA Flex) Scheme is part of the ECO4 scheme, but it works by giving councils and local authorities the opportunity to extend ECO4 to households that don’t meet the eligibility criteria, but who could use the support to get a more efficient solar panel system at home to control their energy bills and improve their home’s energy efficiency.

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Who Does LA Flex Target?

Just like ECO4, the focus is on helping the most vulnerable in society, such as those living in fuel poverty with low income and in energy inefficient homes. But the eligibility criteria has been stretched to allow more households to receive funding for solar panel installations.

Eligibility Criteria

Unlike ECO4, you don’t need to be receiving benefits to be considered, but you do need to meet the eligibility criteria below, and you must also be living in an energy inefficient home:

  • Have an annual household income of less than £31,000, OR
  • Have health problems that may be worsened by living in an energy inefficient home such as cardiovascular problems, mobility issues, respiratory issues, or immune-suppressed conditions, OR
  • You meet two of the following criteria whilst living in a home with an energy rating of E, F, or G:
    • House in LSOA 1-3 Area (recognised as an area of deprivation in the UK)
    • Householder receives Council Tax rebates due to low income 
    • Householder is considered vulnerable to living in a cold home according to nationally recognised NICE guidance
    • You have been referred to LA Flex by the Local Authority Delivery (LAD) Scheme due to being vulnerable and in a low income household
    • Members of the household are in receipt of free school meals
    • Citizens Advice, your energy supplier, or your mortgage lender has advised you to seek help from government schemes due to sustained debt on mortgage payments or utility bills

 

If you meet any of the criteria above, then your local authority or council may be able to provide you with funding for solar panels to make your home more comfortable and to help get your energy bills under control.

 

Please note: Some councils and local authorities set their own LA Flex rules, so be sure to check with them to see if additional eligibility criteria makes you eligible, even if the list above doesn’t apply to you.

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Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) Payments Post-Installation

Although not technically a solar grant that will help cover the cost of your solar panel installation, the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) is really important for people to know about. 

By joining the SEG, you’re able to receive payments for any surplus energy that your solar panels create throughout the day that you don’t use – and all you need is a solar battery as part of your solar installation. 

All energy suppliers with over 150,000 customers are obligated to offer SEG payments to qualifying solar installations, and some energy suppliers with fewer than 150,000 customers take part in the scheme voluntarily, too.

Eligibility Criteria

All households with a solar panel system installed by a MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) Certified Installer – or equivalent scheme – will be eligible for SEG payments with their energy supplier so long as they’re part of the SEG Scheme, too. You’ll also need a smart meter to monitor the surplus energy your solar panels are making so you can be paid fairly for the energy you sell back to your supplier, and a solar battery to store excess energy to begin with. 

If you meet all these conditions, then you can start being paid for solar energy you wouldn’t ordinarily have used anyway, rather than wasting it.

How Much Money Will I Make From SEG Payments?

Will you get rich from SEG payments? No. You’ll get paid an average of around 5.5p/kWh of solar energy you export (some suppliers offer significantly better rates – around 15-20p/kWh, some significantly worse – around 2p/kWh).

On average, this will amount to anywhere from £90 to £250 per year in SEG payments, depending on the size of your solar system and the amount of energy you use. Although the money you make won’t be huge, it all adds up and helps bring down your household energy bills even further.

How To Benefit From 0% VAT On Solar Panels

There’s no better time than right now to look into funding for solar panels. Why? Because the government is making it cheaper than ever to install them, meaning your solar panel grant will stretch even further! 

Starting in April 2022, and running until March 31st 2027, there is a VAT relief on all Energy Saving Materials in the UK, and this includes solar panels. That means 0% VAT on solar panels, but for a limited time only. 

It’s estimated that on average, households will save over £1,000 on the cost of installation thanks to 0% VAT, and therefore your grants will stretch further and more households won’t have to pay a penny for their solar installation.

Eligibility Criteria

The good news is, if you’re buying a qualifying Energy Saving product, such as solar panels, then the 0% VAT is already automatically applied. You don’t need to do anything or apply through a government solar panel scheme. But remember, 0% VAT for solar panels will end at the end of March 2027, so if you want to benefit from cheaper solar panels, then you will need to consider what funding is available for you now to make the most of it whilst it lasts.

Finance Options

In addition to government grants for solar panels, some households are opting for finance options to help pay for their solar panels. After taking out a loan with a finance provider offering loans for solar panels, their energy bill savings help pay back the loan.

This option isn’t for everybody, but for those who don’t qualify for a solar grant, it’s certainly worth looking into. 

ZOA Energy Solutions specialise in grants for solar panels, though, so you’ll have to research the finance options available to you. 

Still, it’s worth checking if a solar grant is something you’re eligible for if you’re unsure, so contact us today and we’ll help you figure out the complex world of solar panel grants.

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Why Trust ZOA Energy Solutions

We’re leading industry experts when it comes to all things eco home improvements – and solar panels come under that category. Yes, we’re certified installers, too, but more than that, we’re focussed on saving our customers as much money as they can on solar panel installations.

Through our in-depth knowledge of solar panel grants and schemes, we can help you find the best funding for solar panels on your property.

And all you need to do? Fill out a quick form and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible!

Solar Panel Grant FAQs

Applying for solar panel grants can feel a little daunting – but don’t worry! That’s something we can help you with at ZOA Energy Solutions. Fill out our form so we can determine if you’re eligible for any solar grants. If you are, we’ll then talk you through the specific application process for that specific grant. It couldn’t be easier.

Each grant is different and the amount of money you’ll receive for a solar installation will differ depending on your circumstances, but some solar grants could cover the full price of your solar panel system – up to around £10,000. Since a typical 3.5kW system, suitable for an average UK home, costs around £5,500, the majority of UK homes that qualify for the grant schemes won’t need to pay anything at all. 

Those that require larger, more expensive systems, could end up paying for just a fraction of the total cost whilst the solar panel grant covers the majority.

No! So long as you receive a solar panel grant – and NOT opt for finance options to pay for your solar panels with a company that gives you a loan, not a grant – then you won’t have to pay a penny of your grant back. 

This is so the most vulnerable in society, with low income households and energy inefficient homes, can enjoy the benefit of solar panels without the cost. If you qualify for a grant, you won’t need to pay it back.