Scotland is making significant strides towards reducing its carbon emissions and transitioning to a more sustainable energy future. One of the key initiatives driving this change is the provision of free solar panels and solar battery storage systems, loans, and grants for homeowners.
The UK and Scottish governments are actively encouraging households to adopt renewable energy systems, like solar panels, to work together towards achieving their ambitious sustainability goals.
This is done through providing various funding schemes, such as the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) 4 scheme.
The ECO Scheme is a UK government initiative that has been around since 2013. ECO4 is the latest phase within a series of energy efficiency measures and is set to run until March 2026.
The ECO Scheme’s main focus is centred on enhancing heating systems and reducing energy bills for homes across the UK, with a keen eye on achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.
The Scottish government works closely with Ofgem – the UK’s energy regulator – and various other energy suppliers to ensure the standards of the ECO4 Scheme are adhered to. It is these medium and large energy suppliers who are also funding this scheme, with a total budget of £4 billion.
Local authorities also play a vital role in identifying households that meet the necessary criteria to be eligible for solar panel grants, free boilers, energy efficiency improvements and interest-free loan covers – to name a few.
Households will only receive free solar panel installation (provided by the solar panel grant) if or when heat pumps or biomass boilers have been ruled out as potential options.
Envirohomes Renewables has extensive knowledge in the sector and aims to educate people on their rights. Eligible customers are able to secure and install various home improvement upgrades through the government-funded ECO4 scheme, including free solar grants and solar panel installation.
It is important to remember that receiving this grant depends on several criteria.
Let’s take a look at who is eligible for the free solar panel grant.
A solar battery, also known as a solar energy storage system, is an energy-efficiency device that stores excess electricity generated by solar panels. Solar panels produce electricity when exposed to sunlight, but this energy generation varies throughout the day.
A solar battery allows homeowners to capture surplus electricity produced during sunny periods and store it for later use. There are various types of solar batteries, including lithium-ion batteries and lead-acid batteries.
These are valuable additions to connect to solar panels. They increase energy efficiency (by being more self-reliant), reduce reliance on the solar panels’ grid, and reduce energy bills by using the stored energy.
Applying for free solar panels under the ECO4 grant is made easy with Envirohomes Renewables. First, you need to check your eligibility to receive the grant funding by filling out our Check Eligibility form on our website or contacting us on 0141 459 0292.
Should you be eligible, we will help you submit your ECO4 application. One of our approved ECO4 surveyors will then assess your home and come up with a solar panel plan that fits your household’s needs. Lastly, we will install your free solar panels so that you can start enjoying the benefits of renewable energy.
Heating and hot water usually make up the biggest portion of household energy costs. Both of these energy costs can be comfortably covered through the power generated by solar panels.
No. First, you need to complete the application process and have a house inspection done. This is to evaluate your property and its needs. If you install solar panels without getting the go-ahead from the relevant government funding grant scheme, you will be liable for the installation costs.
Implement energy-saving methods into your daily routine. Consider turning down the thermostat by 1 or 2 degrees, opting to wear jumpers or socks indoors, switching to energy-efficient A-grade appliances where possible, and/or reducing the length of your shower to reduce hot water usage.
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