Solar Grants in the UK
Currently there are several solar grants and financial incentives available in the UK supporting the use of renewable energies and installations of photovoltaic and solar hot water systems. Besides the Feed-In-Tariffs and the Renewable Heat Incentive the UK Government offers different a wide range of domestic and commercial solar grants.
Renewables Obligation is an incentive for commercial installations of renewable energy. The English system differs from those in Scotland and Northern Ireland. It works as an obligation on electricity suppliers to source an specified and increasing proportion of renewable energy.
Green Deal introduced a new finance mechanism for domestic and commercial installations for improving energy efficiency. This mechanism enables the owner to get the installation costs paid back via the energy bill.
On 1st April 2010 Feed-In-Tariffs were introduced in Great Britain to help support the installations of renewable energy technologies and make them more economical. The Feed-In-Tariff covers the following technologies:
- Photovoltaics (roof mounted or outdoor plants)
- Wind turbines (building mounted or free standing)
- Anaerobic digestion
- Micro combined heat and power
This scheme guarantees a minimum payment for the electricity generated by the system, as well as a separate payment for the electricity fed into the grid. Additionally money is saved as the amount of electricity bought from the supplier is less. The FIT is available for all installations below 5MW and the most important of grants in the UK.
Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
On 10th March 2011 the Renewable Heat Incentive was announced and is among the first worldwide of this kind. The target in general is a long-term financial support to renewable heat installations. The Renewable Heat Incentive targets commercial installations, whereas the Green Deal was established for for domestic systems.
The DECC provides detailed information about all kind of solar grants.