It has been announced that solar PV is to be included in the Green Homes Grant Scheme, although only for local authority applicants. £500m will be made available by BEIS for Local Authorities who are looking to improve the energy efficiency of low-income households.
The funds come from the £2 billion set aside by the Government under the Green Homes Grant Scheme which runs until March next year. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is inviting Local Authorities, working with their local partners, to apply for funding to be used to improve the energy efficiency of homes of low-income households living in their area.
The Local Authority Delivery (LAD) scheme aims to raise the energy efficiency of low-income and low EPC rated homes including those living in the worst quality off-gas grid homes, delivering progress towards: reducing fuel poverty, the phasing out of high carbon fossil fuel heating and the UK’s commitment to net zero by 2050.
Further details about the LAD scheme were released by BEIS at the end of October, including details on the times of the funding. Phase 1A is open until March 2021 whereas applicants in phase 1B will have until September 2021. Phase 1A has allocated £76 million of funding to several local authority projects, all of which are to be delivered by the March 2021 deadline.
Adrian Simpson, Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs at HIES, said:
“Although welcome news, we would have liked to have seen Solar PV included in the domestic scheme, and hope that BEIS consider including Solar PV in any extensions or amendments to the scheme.”