The UK Government has published further details on the £2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme, which is due to go live at the end of September, in which solar thermal will be included in the list of technologies eligible for homeowners to invest in.
Homeowners in England will be entitled to vouchers to install the technology under the Green Homes Grants scheme. The inclusion of solar thermal in the scheme will provide support for installers during challenging times and contribute towards a green economic recovery.
“This is a welcome announcement and a strong endorsement of the important role solar thermal has to play in the decarbonisation of heating” said Cam Witten, Policy Manager of the Solar Trade Association (STA). “The technology can help households save hundreds of pounds a year on their energy bills while also reducing their carbon footprint. Going forward, we call on government to include solar PV and energy storage technologies in the Green Homes Grant scheme as well, to maximise carbon reductions and energy bill savings for households, and further accelerate the UK’s economic recovery.”
Under the scheme, homeowners will have access to vouchers of up to £5000 to put towards the cost of home improvements. Solar thermal installers will need to have Microgeneration Certification Scheme certification in order to take part.