The UK governement has announced today (1st August 2011) that they are now offering renewable heating grants for householders throughout England, Wales and Scotland. This is great news for those thinking of installing a renewable heating device, such as solar thermal panels.
Solar Thermal Panels use the energy from the sun to heat your hot water or even is some cases your radiators as well. There are two types of solar thermal panels, one uses evacuated tubes, and the other is flat plate collectors. These are used to heat water to be used in the house.
In order to take advantage of the government’s offer of a grant you must do the following:
The property must belong to you, or as a tenant, you must purchase the system yourself and have permission from the landlord to install it.
The loft must be insulated to 250mm and if possible have cavity wall insulation as well.
You should have all necessary planning and environmental permission in place.
Once you know you can satisfy these requirements, then visit the Energy Savings Trust website to fill in the necessary forms and get your grant! The page you need to visit is: www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/RHPP. You will also find additional information about the scheme.
An additional note, you should ensure that your chosen installer is certified under the MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) and the products have a Solar Keymark.
The grants are capped, so get in there quick if you want to benefit from this grant!
How to find a solar thermal panel installer
If you satisfy the Governement’s vetting system and would like to get a grant of up to £1,250, then you will need to find a suitable solar thermal panel installer.
The Energy Savings Trust recommend that you get at least three quotes from different MCS installers. Why not save yourself some time, and get 3 free quotes from local MCS installers sent directly to you, from a quote comparison site?
Quote comparison sites can be really easy to use when well designed, and will definitely save you both time ane money. The more reputable sites will already ‘vet’ their installers, so you will have no fears of hiring a ‘cowboy’, and have every confidence of hiring a reputable and professional expert. The ‘vetting’ process for many involves ensuring the installers are all affiliated with their industry governing body as well as ‘spot checks’ from time to time. In the case of Solar Thermal Installers, make sure you use a quote comparison site that promises to ‘hook you up’ with an MCS registered installer.