Solar Panel Grants Scotland

Solar Panel Grants Scotland 2024


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Solar Panels Grants

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  • Up to 4kW System Free
  • Up to £7,500 of funding
  • Save up to £900 per year
  • Average of 8 panels awarded 100% free (2.5kW)

Solar Panel Grants Scotland

You will have heard of solar panel grants and maybe not realised or considered that you may be eligible for funding? 

If this is the case, read on and find out more about it. Demands for solar panels have shown a massive increase in the two or three with more than 56,000 homes across Scotland installed with solar panels.

There is still a significant upfront cost for solar panel installation, the good news is that people are able to apply for a solar panel grants to assist them with the installation costs, offering them the solar panels supplied and fitted for free or at a reduced price than they would normally have to pay.

Solar panel grants available in Scotland are government backed grants schemes which help a variety of different people such as homeowners, businesses, people on low incomes and benefits, who may be living in the “fuel poverty” threshold. Solar panels will in turn help you to save of energy especially with effective use of solar battery storage and the grid trade.

Your solar panel grant could allow you to have the solar panels fitted for free, which will reduce your reliance on the national grid and could offer you free electricity or at the very least massive savings.

Normally the cost of installing a standard 4kW (16 panel) solar panel system is around £7,000, so with funding available for up to £7,500 you could have 16 solar panels installed free of charge!

It literally only takes a few minutes to begin your application and arrange a free home survey to see if you qualify for a grant.

What Solar Panel Grants Are Available in Scotland?

Home Energy Scotland Grant and Loan

The Home Energy Scotland Grant and Loan is available to residents living in Scotland who are looking to make sustainable energy improvements in their home. There are lots of advantages to this as it is not just about installing solar panels it can also be used for air source heat pumps, biomass boilers, wind turbines, triple and double glazing, storage heaters and electric heating systems. Solar panel and battery storage loans are available for up to £12,000 which will cover most initial installation costs. 

The loan is interest free and can be spread over 5 to 12 years depending on the size of the

You choose how long to take to repay the loan – up to the following maximum number of years:
*under £5,000: 5 years.
*£5,000 – £9,999: 10 years.
*more than £10,000: 12 years.

Repayments begin after you have received a payment. This means you are not paying a lot of money up front for your solar panels to be installed, saving you up to 75% of the full cost. The maximum grant amount is £9,000 or £12,000 if the household qualifies for a rural uplift. For solar photovoltaic (PV) panels £6,000 (£1,250 of the £6,000 loan is available as a grant, but only if taken as a package of measures). Solar PV, battery storage systems, biomass boilers / stoves and high heat retention storage heaters may be eligible for grant funding when certain conditions are met. The advisors at Home Energy Scotland will let you know if this is the case. They will offer you advice and send out a personalised link to complete your online application form.

Who Is Eligible For The Home Energy Scotland Grant and Loan?

Every homeowner in Scotland is eligible to make an application for a solar panel loan, anyone can apply for a solar panel grant, but only people on benefits who live in non gas areas will be successful. A successful loan application will depend on your credit rating and the type of installation work being suggested. Once you have been accepted the work should be carried out within 6 months of the grant or loan being awarded. You can contact Home Energy Scotland to find out more and check your eligibility.

ECO 4 Solar Panel Grants Scotland

The ECO 4 solar panel grant scheme is a government backed, fully funded grant for heating, renewables and insulation upgrades. It has been set up by the government to support low income households, helping to save money on heating bills and creating more energy efficient homes. It will help people to save money and heat their homes, keeping them warmer whilst improving their homes EPC rating. Generally speaking, the funding is awarded to people who’s homes fall between an EPC rating of D, E, F or G. You may be eligible if you are a homeowner or private tenant and on benefits, complete our short form to find out if you are eligible.

Solar Panel Grants For People On Benefits

The government initially launched their ECO scheme in 2013, and the previous version, ECO 3, was replaced by ECO 4 in April 2022. The ECO 4 scheme allows you to apply for solar panels grants over the next four years, which could give you access to fully funded solar panels installation for your home of up to £7,500. It is open to everyone, so if you are a homeowner or private tenant, if you receive income related benefits and your property has inefficient heating or falls below EPC rating criteria, you will qualify for a solar grant.

If you are on benefits including: Job Seekers Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Housing Benefit, Pension Credit, Universal Credit (UC), Work Tax Credit, Warm House Discount Scheme Rebate, Child Tax Benefits and Child Benefit (depending on income threshold). 

Who Qualifies For Solar Panel Grants in Scotland?

The governments ECO 4 grant scheme provides funding for various home improvements that improve your homes energy efficiency. The ECO 4 grant has been available since April 2022 and runs until the 31st of March 2026. 

People who live in homes with an EPC rating of D, E, F or G are even more likely to qualify for a grant, having even as little as 4 solar panels will drastically improve your homes EPC rating.

Grants can be used for various heating and renewable products such as solar panels, home insulation, combi boilers, heat pumps and storage heaters.

You qualify for free solar panels and solar panel grants if you are:

  • A homeowner, tenant or in the process of building your own home.
  • Private landlords do not qualify for free solar panels or grants. Best to apply for a private landlord loan.
  • Are over 60 years of age and in receipt of any pension credits or certain benefits.
  • On any of the benefits listed below.
  • Properties with no gas meters (off gas properties).
  • Only properties with oil boilers, LPG boilers and electric boilers.

Benefits That Qualify For Solar Panels Grants?

Solar Panel Grants For Business Scotland

With Business Energy Scotland you can apply for loans of up to £100k to help with paying for your energy bills and energy efficient upgrades to your business, grants will be awarded as a cash-back grant. You can use this to install your solar panels, other renewables and energy efficient systems, including new equipment or to change the fabric of your building.

Local Energy Scotland CARES Grants

The Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) offers support for communities to benefit and take part in the energy transition to net zero
emissions. They offer support to get local energy projects and there is also funding available for solar panel grants. This support offers help to install renewable technologies to community buildings, community benefits and buildings with shared ownership. This funding is available to community organisations and charities who are eligible for CARES support. You must be a constituted non-profit community organisation operating across community or faith groups.
CARES is managed by Local Energy Scotland and offers a range of financial support to local energy projects.

Solar Panel Grants and Installation in Scotland

All Solar Panel Grants in Scotland during 2024

Aside from the ECO 4 grant there are various other solar panel grants available in Scotland during 2024. Here is a list of useful links for Scottish solar panel grants:

  1. Home Energy Scotland Grant and Loan.
  2. Local Energy Scotland Cares Funding.
  3. Business Energy Scotland SME Loan Scheme.

Interest Free Solar & Renewable Loans

During 2024 as well as grant funding there are interest free loans available in Scotland to assist you when buying solar panels for your home, and other renewables such as electric heating.

Interest free loans for up to £12,000 repayable over a maximum of 12 years. The loans are available for solar PV, battery storage, biomass boilers and electric storage heaters.

Solar Panels Grants in Scotland

100% Free and part funded solar panel grants

Qualify For Solar Panel Grants in Scotland

In order to begin your application for a solar panel grant we need to check that you qualify, which also involves a home survey.

Contact Home Renewables Scotland today at on 0131 381 8533 for your free consultation for solar panels for your home or business. With an office in Edinburgh and presence in Glasgow and Aberdeen our team can help regardless where you are based in Scotland.

Areas of Scotland We Offer Solar Panels Grants

You can apply for solar panel grants anywhere in Scotland, we can manage your grant application and installation in areas such as Aberdeen, Argyll, Ayrshire, Clackmannanshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Greenock & Inverclyde, Inverness, Lanarkshire, Paisley & Renfrewshire, Perth & Kinross, Stirling, The Borders, The Scottish Islands, West Dunbartonshire and West Lothian.

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0131 381 8533

Home Renewables Scotland (Aberdeen)

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Home Renewables Scotland (Glasgow)

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