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Grants and incentives

There are many reasons to consider installing low carbon technology in your home or community. However to promote the uptake of small-scale renewable and low-carbon technologies, there are a range of incentives and grants available.

Your eligibility may be dependent on where you live and the technology type.

MCS certification is a route for consumers to access incentives. Before progressing with any installation, you should always check that your Installer is MCS certified and using MCS certified products. You can check this in our Installer search.

SMART EXPORT GUARANTEE (SEG)

THE UK government announced new laws that will ensure households and businesses with small-scale renewable technologies, are paid for exporting their excess electricity to the grid.

This new scheme will allow solar PV owners to continue earning from their solar system’s generation.

The Smart Export Guarantee requires medium – large electricity supply companies (those with more than 150,000 electricity customers) to offer a Smart Export Guarantee (SEG). Smaller suppliers can do so on a voluntary basis.

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FEED-IN TARIFF (FiT)

THE UK government announced new laws that will ensure households and businesses with small-scale renewable technologies, are paid for exporting their excess electricity to the grid.

This new scheme will allow solar PV owners to continue earning from their solar system’s generation.

The Smart Export Guarantee requires medium – large electricity supply companies (those with more than 150,000 electricity customers) to offer a Smart Export Guarantee (SEG). Smaller suppliers can do so on a voluntary basis.

MCS certification (or equivalent) will be a requirement to qualify for the SEG, helping to safeguard high standards in the industry.

Some suppliers are already starting to offer SEGs, but all qualifying suppliers will have to offer you terms of payment for your solar power exports by 1st January 2020.

RENEWABLE HEAT INCENTIVE (RHI)

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a government backed financial incentive scheme designed to encourage UK homes to swap to renewable heating systems. Under the RHI, heat pump system owners are rewarded for the renewable heat they generate over a seven year period.

How do RHI payments work?

After joining the RHI scheme, you receive a quarterly tariff payment for every kilowatt hour (kWh) of renewable heat you produce. You get these payments for seven years. It’s possible for households to install more than one technology and receive payments for each system they use.

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HOME ENERGY SCOTLAND LOAN

If you live in Scotland, you could benefit from an interest free loan for investing in a range of low carbon technologies.

The amount of funding you can claim depends on what improvements you want to make.

To find out how to turn your house into a cosy, efficient home with an interest-free loan funded by the Scottish Government. Call Home Energy Scotland for free on 0808 808 2282.

The loan is only available for properties in Scotland.

Find out more here.