What are solar panel grants?
Solar panel grants under the Energy Company Obligation scheme is a government funded initiative that helps homeowners and small businesses offset the cost of installing solar panel systems. The scheme pays for part of the cost through direct cash payments to households and businesses, as well as providing access to special offers from energy companies such as discounted rates for electricity.
Installing solar panels can reduce your energy bills and help you become more sustainable. The grant amount you are eligible for depends on your individual circumstances, such as whether you receive certain benefits and household income.
It is important to remember that solar panel grants do not cover the full cost of installation, so it is advisable to speak to a professional installer who can help you make an informed decision about which solar panels are best suited to your home.
There are many factors to consider, including the size of your home and its location, as well as the type of panels you choose. You may also want to check with your local authority for any grants or incentives they can help you apply for.
Who qualifies for a solar panel grant in Rhondda Cynon Taff?
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 Rhondda Cynon Taff 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