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Solar Power Grants Now Available for All

Peterborough homeowners, housing associations, public authorities and commercial organisations now have the opportunity to apply for a share of 20 million-worth of Government grants for installing solar power systems. The grants are part of the Government's strategy to embark on a major photovoltaic demonstration over the next three years.

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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 100 kWp).

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 below.

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.

June 2002




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