Are You Eligible for a Solar Panel Grant?

A grant could help offset the cost of installing solar panels, which are a great way to lower your electric bills and reduce your carbon footprint.

Save Money With Solar Panels

Funding for solar panel installations is available to eligible households under schemes such as the government-backed ECO4 or LAD3. The grants aim to help those likely to face financial difficulties heating homes with poor energy efficiency.

Recent changes mean funding is available not just to those claiming benefits but also households considered ‘low income’.

In addition, anyone with solar panels could benefit from the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG), which came into effect in 2020 and enables households to receive a payment for any surplus energy exported back to the grid.

How Does The Process Work?

Check if you qualify

Use our questionnaire to check if you qualify for government funding. If we think you might be eligible, we’ll get in touch to find out a little more about you and your home.

We’ll pay you a visit

If we think you have a good chance of receiving a grant, we’ll arrange a free, no-obligation survey to ensure that you can obtain the maximum funding and advise you on the best solar products for your home.

We’ll organise installation

If you decide to go ahead, the installation of your solar panels will be overseen by Future Isle of Wight and carried out by experienced retrofit engineers.

Please be aware that most of the government-backed schemes take a “fabric-first” approach to the allocation of grant funds. Put simply, that means funding will first be used to address any shortcomings in your home’s insulation before it can be spent on solar PV installations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do the grants need to be repaid?

No, the scheme is a government-backed initiative to provide financial assistance to eligible homeowners and is designed to offset the installation cost and promote renewable energy use.

Can I get paid for the excess energy my solar panels produce?

Yes, you can get paid to sell unused power back to the grid. The scheme is known as the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG). The Energy Saving Trust estimates solar homes could get paid up to £125 per year for any excess energy generated.

How much can I save with solar panels?

On average, solar panels can save your household around £300 a year on your electric bill. That means it’s possible to save thousands of pounds throughout their lifespan.

How much will an installation cost?

The average domestic solar panel system (3.5kW) could be wholly or partly covered by a grant, meaning the cost could range from very little to zero.

Do You Qualify for a Government Grant?

There are several grants available to Isle of Wight residents, and each has specific eligibility criteria. 

Generally speaking, you’ll need to be receiving certain benefits OR have a gross annual household income of less than £31,000 before housing costs (benefits count towards this figure).

You’ll also need to own or rent a property with a poor Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating (typically D, E, F, or G ). Unfortunately, we can’t assist Council or Housing Association tenants.

Landlords could be entitled to a grant if their tenants are eligible. Those not on benefits but deemed by the local authority to be on a low income or vulnerable to the effects of living in a cold home could also qualify.

Eligible Benefits:

  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit (PCGC)
  • Working Tax Credit (WTC)
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC)
  • Universal Credit (UC)
  • Housing Benefit
  • Pension Credit Savings Credit (PCSC),
  • Child Benefit

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