What are Green Homes Grants?
The Green Homes Grants scheme is a Government scheme to incentivise homeowners in England to install certain energy-efficient home improvements. You can read more about it here
Which homeowners are included?
The definition of homeowners includes owner-occupiers, social and private landlords and park home owners. New-build homes are not eligible.
Which renewable energy technologies will be included?
The list of ‘primary’ eligible measures includes heat pumps, solar thermal systems and biomass boilers. The list of ‘secondary’ eligible measures includes hot water cylinders, pipework and radiators to support the installation of the primary measures.
You can take part in the scheme so long as you are MCS-certified for one or more of the eligible technologies, a member of a CTSI-approved Consumer Code and TrustMark registered.
Which other energy efficiency measures will be included?
The list of ‘primary’ eligible measures also includes solid wall insulation, cavity wall insulation, under-floor insulation, loft insulation, flat roof insulation, room-in-roof insulation and park home insulation.
The list of ‘secondary’ eligible measures also includes double glazing, triple glazing or secondary glazing (only when you are replacing single glazing), energy-efficient doors (only if you are replacing doors fitted before 2002), hot water tank thermostats or appliance thermostats, hot water tank insulation, smart heating controls, zone controls, thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) and draught proofing.
Which measures will NOT be included?
The following measures will not be eligible for a Green Homes Grant:
How much will the Green Homes Grants be worth?
The maximum amount available will be £5,000, to cover two thirds of the cost of installing energy efficiency improvements. The amount available for a ‘secondary’ measure will be capped at the amount claimed for the ‘primary’ measure. For those in receipt of benefits the maximum amount available will be £10,000, to cover the full cost of the improvements installed.
Which benefits qualify for 100% Green Home Grants?
Homeowners will need to be in receipt of one of the following:
Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
Income-based Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
Income Support (IS)
Pension Guarantee Credit Working Tax Credit (WTC)
Child Tax Credits (CTC)
Universal Credit (UC)
Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
Severe Disablement Allowance
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
Contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
Contribution-based Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
Landlords will not be eligible for 100% Green Home Grants.
Can a homeowner apply for more than one Green Homes Grants?
The amount each householder can claim will be limited to £5,000. This could be split between ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ measures, with different installers.
Can a homeowner apply for the Domestic RHI as well as a Green Homes Grants?
Yes, they can. The value of the grant will be deducted from the value of the Domestic RHI and homeowners will receive the balance over 7 years.
How can a homeowner apply for a Green Homes Grant?
Homeowners must consult the Government’s Simple Energy Advice website to check that which measures are appropriate for their homes:
Once they have done this, they will then be expected to obtain 3 quotations for the work and, once they have accepted one of them, they will be able to apply for a voucher.
How and when will I be paid, as an installer?
As an installer you will be able to redeem the voucher and receive the payment within a month of the work being completed, and registered.
When will Green Homes Grants be available?
Homeowners in England will be able to apply for vouchers from 30 September 2020.
By when must the installation work be carried out?
All work must be complete and the vouchers redeemed by 31 March 2021 at the lastest.
What happens if I have carried out the work and then do not receive the funding? Can I reclaim the amount from the consumer?
It is very unlikely that you will not receive the funding if you follow the correct process as an installer.
What do I have to do to take part in the scheme, as an installer?
As an installer you need to be MCS-certified for the relevant technologies, and a member of a CTSI-approved Consumer Code. You will also need to be TrustMark registered. You can register with TrustMark quickly and easily through RECC here: www.recc.org.uk/trustmark .
How do I register the jobs I have carried out?
Once you have completed the installation you will need to register it on the Microgeneration Installation Database (MID) as usual. You will then need to register it with TrustMark, although the two systems will interact with each other and so you will not need to register the full details twice.