What are solar panel grants?
Solar panel grants are available to homeowners and landlord under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, which is funded by electricity and gas suppliers. These grants can help make solar panels more affordable for tenants and homeowners.
The grants are provided to homeowners and landlords for free or at a subsidised rate, with the aim of reducing energy bills and increasing the use of renewable energy in homes across England, Scotland and Wales. Landlords and homeowners must meet certain criteria in order to be eligible for the grant. For example, homeowners and landlords must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D or above and homeowners must meet certain income criteria.
The amount of money available through the ECO scheme varies depending on location, with some areas receiving more funding than others.
Who qualifies for a solar panel grant in Torfaen?
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 Torfaen 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