Grants & Incentives

Renewable Heat Incentive

The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (Domestic RHI) is a government financial incentive to promote the use of renewable heat. Switching to heating systems that use naturally replenished energy can help the UK reduce its carbon emissions.

Two Schemes - Domestic & Non-Domestic

The Renewable Heat Incentive has two schemes - Domestic and Non-Domestic. They have separate tariffs, joining conditions, rules and application processes. Ofgem administer both.

For more information go to Ofgem website or Energy Saving Trust

Home Energy Scotland  loan scheme

The Home Energy Scotland loan helps homeowners make energy and money saving improvements to their home. This interest free loan is funded by the Scottish Government and is currently open to applications.

Funding is available to owner occupiers in Scotland for energy efficiency improvements, home renewables systems or energy storage systems. Funding depends on the measure being  installed.

Up to 40% cashback for eligible energy efficiency measures and 75% for certain renewable heating systems (based on total costs and capped at a maximum value) will soon be available. Cashback will be subject to availability and reserved for customers when their loan is offered.

To find out more click here or call your local Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282

Feed-in Tariffs (FITs)

Feed in Tariffs closed to new applications on 31st March 2019.

CARES LOAN FUND

The Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) offers a range of financial support to local energy projects. The main funding streams for new applicants are:

  • CARES Enablement Grant –  Grant funding of up to £25,000 is available to fund non-capital aspects of a project. Funding can help with start-up costs of feasibility studies, community consultations and other preparatory costs
  • CARES Development Loan – Loans up to £150K are available to support renewable energy projects for communities and eligible organisations in Scotland. Loans can include a write-off facility that allows development risk to be mitigated.   
  • Capital Funding -  CARES loan or grant capital funding is available. Amounts depend on project needs and Scottish Government funding available. Funds may be paid in stages over financial years, with the first stage up to March 2021.  Capital funding can be used for renewable energy measures like installation of solar PV panels, energy storage batteries, or for ancillary measures that support the installation of heat pumps.  The installation of renewable heat measures can attract an income through the Renewable Heat Incentive.  For capital projects, CARES grants are expected to form part of the project’s funding package i.e. up to a maximum of 60% with other loans, community shares, and bonds making up the balance. Your Local Development Officer can help you understand the full funding options available. 

Your local Development Officer based at Auchincruive is Gemma Murray, email: gemma.murray@localenergy.scot