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Scottish home renewables grants expected to close in 3 weeks

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 5 July 2010 at 10:01 am

Scottish householders are being urged to snap up grants for home renewables before the cash runs out. Grants are still available for 30% of the cost, up to a maximum of £4,000 for heating technologies like wood pellet boilers, heat pumps or solar water heating. (The LCBP grants in England is already closed.)

Scottish energy minister Jim Mather said: “The Energy Saving Scotland home renewables grant scheme has been extremely successful in helping householders to generate their own green energy, cut carbon and stimulate the market for small scale renewables technologies.

“Since this Government trebled the budget for microgeneration in 2007, 2,900 householders have been helped to cut their fuel bills with Government grants worth around £7.4 million. Those grants have brought a total investment of over £21 million, a welcome boost for an embryonic, low carbon industry.

“The uptake of small scale renewables among householders is now unprecedented and the home renewables grants funding is facing pressure. The grants scheme will stay open to new applications until the remaining cash is allocated, which at the current rate I expect will be in around three weeks time. In an extremely tight financial climate we will now look to see what further support we can give to small scale renewables.”

The Energy Saving Scotland home renewables scheme is managed by the Energy Saving Trust in Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government. 

Free Energy Saving Scotland home renewables advice visits will continue. Specialist renewables advisors can visit householders and give impartial advice and information on renewable technologies to suit their properties.

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