Under the DTI scheme, homeowners can now apply for grants of up to 50%
of the costs of their solar PV installation. Housing associations and
public authorities (schools, health centres etc.) can apply for grants
of up to 65% of total installation costs, whilst the subsidy for
commercial organisations is up to 40%. The grants are available for
existing and new buildings.
In order to apply for a grant,
homeowners need to complete the application form available from the
dedicated website - www.solargrants.org
- or by phone on 0800 298 3978. The grants are available on a first
come, first served basis so it is important to get started on the
process at the earliest opportunity. Bureaucracy has been minimised.
For commercial projects or social
housing groups and larger-scale public authority building projects,
applications will be made on a quarterly competitive call basis and
the first decisions made by an independent panel are expected by July
2002. Solar installations on public buildings can get up to 65%
'fixed' grant funding available to large-scale applications (5kWp to
This DTI scheme is clearly a unique
opportunity for the East Anglia region (the sunniest in Britain) to
move to the forefront of renewable energies. Encluster, the Greater
Peterborough environment business cluster, can help applicants with
the application process and with finding the right partners for their
solar PV project, such as an accredited installer. Contact details
The aim of the DTI's Major
Photovoltaics Demonstration Programme (PV MDP) is to help reduce
carbon emissions and significantly cut the cost of solar technology
over the next three years. Grants will be offered to the private and
public sector to install solar systems on new or existing buildings.
As a result of this investment, the number of domestic solar power -
or photovoltaic - installations in the UK is expected to increase ten
fold by 2005.