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

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 up to £38,500 per home is available to owner occupiers and eligible registered private sector landlords in Scotland for energy efficiency improvements, home renewables systems or connections to an approved district heating scheme powered by a renewable energy source.

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

Feed-in Tariffs (FITs)

Under this scheme the larger energy suppliers have to make regular payments to householders and communities who generate their own electricity from renewable or low carbon sources such as solar electricity (PV), wind turbines, hydroelectricity, anaerobic digesters and micro combined heat and power (CHP)

Feed in Tariffs will end on 31st March 2019.

To read more click on the link or call your local Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282

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 – Up to £25K where the value of the grant will be capped based on innovation or scheme complexity and can be used to fund feasibility for energy systems or renewable energy projects, investigation of shared ownership opportunities or work to maximise the impact from community benefit association with renewable energy projects.
  • CARES Development Loan – Up to £150K (10% interest rate) can be provided for projects with a reasonable chance of success. The loans can include a write-off facility that allows development risk to be mitigated by allowing the applicant to apply to change the loan to a grant should the project be unable progress.    
  • CARES Innovation Grant – Up to £150K to either fund innovation activity or improve the viability of projects by grant funding elements of the project.

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