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£2bn for Green Home Grants to include heat pumps and solar thermal

Posted: 7 August, 2020. Written by Virginia Graham

Government is calling for greener, warmer homes as part of its ‘Plan for Jobs’ which includes £2 billion for Green Homes Grants to homeowners and landlords towards the costs of making their homes more energy efficient. The funding is part of the measures set out to support employment as the Job Retention Scheme and other assistance schemes start to wind down

The installation of air- and ground-source heat pumps and solar thermal systems will be eligible for support as ‘primary’ measures under the scheme, alongside a range of insulation measures. Installers will have to be MCS-certified and Consumer Code members to install them. They will also need to be registered with a TrustMark Scheme Provider.

The Grants, available in 2020-21, will offer at least £2 for every £1 homeowners and landlords spend, up to £5,000 per household. For the lowest-income households, they will fully fund up to £10,000’s worth of energy efficiency measures. The scheme aims to upgrade over 600,000 homes across England, saving households hundreds of pounds per year on their energy bills.

The Government has confirmed that households who receive a grant for installing a heat pump or a solar thermal system will still be eligible for the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive. However, the value of the grant received will be deducted from the total amount payable.

Full details about the scheme, expected to go live in September, will be announced shortly August. You can apply to become TrustMark registered through RECC.You can find full details of how to apply using our streamlined process in the Members’ Area of the RECC website here .