What are solar panel grants?
Solar panel grants are a form of assistance that is covered by the governments ECO4 scheme. Under ECO4 households may be able to qualify for a full funded solar panel grant . This is a great opportunity to reduce your energy bills and help the environment by switching to solar power.
To be eligible for a grant, households must meet certain criteria. These include having an EPC rating of D or above, being able to prove savings on their energy bills, and being able to demonstrate how they will use the solar panel system.
Without a grant, the cost of installing solar panels can be expensive, but the ECO4 scheme is designed to help households climb out of fuel poverty and make heating their home more affordable.
Those with solar panels can sell their electricity back to the grid via the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) scheme, which pays households for the electricity they generate. This means you can make money from your solar panels, as well as reduce your energy bills and help the environment.
By switching to solar power, you are helping to reduce carbon emissions and contributing to a greener future. Solar energy is a renewable resource that doesn’t deplete, meaning it won’t run out like other energy sources.
Who qualifies for a solar panel grant in Blaenau Gwent?
The solar panel grant scheme is available to home owners, tenants and landlords looking to reduce their energy bills and improve their properties energy performance rating.
In order to qualify for solar panel funding in Blaenau Gwent the following criteria must be met to receive a 100% grant:
1. The property must not have a mains gas central heating system installed.
2. The existing EPC rating of the property must be below ‘D60’ (we can check this for you)
3. The property must be privately owned or privately rented (we are unable to obtain funding for social housing unfortunately)
4. A resident must be in receipt of one of the following tax credits or benefits:
Child Tax credit
Working tax credit
Income based Jobseekers allowance
Income related Employment & Support Allowance
Solar PV Panels will provide you with free electricity. You can:
Save £600 per year on your electric bill*
Earn money from selling excess electricity back to the National Grid, via the Smart Export Guarantee.
The funding is limited and is strictly allocated on a first come, first served basis. To check your eligibility, please enter your details in the Grant Checker Form
The funding is only available in England, Scotland and Wales. We are unable to obtain funding in Northern Ireland. We are unable to obtain funding to install solar panels on listed buildings, properties in conservation areas, properties with flat roofs, properties with thatched roofs and properties over three storeys high.
*Annual saving/ income are based on a property in London where the householder is at home all day (based on fuel prices in April 2023) and receiving the Smart Export Guarantee. Actual savings may be lower or higher than £600