The Government have announced the launch of the Green Homes Grant which will provide upfront funding up to £5,000 (or £10,000 for households on low income) for heat pump installations in England from September.
Heat pump installations can be combined with other measures including insulation, draught proofing, windows and doors, and heating controls. The specifics regarding eligible products are expected to be announced shortly, including which heat pump installation costs are eligible.
All installations under the Green Homes Grant will need to be delivered by TrustMark accredited installers. This means that to install low carbon heat measures under the scheme, you must be TrustMark registered and certified through the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) for the relevant heating technology. You can register with TrustMark via their website [trustmark.org.uk] [linkprotect.cudasvc.com], with accreditation taking as few as 5 working days for those who are already certified under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.
Later this month, homeowners in England will be able to check their eligibility for vouchers using the Simple Energy Advice Service and the vouchers will be issued from the end of September. Eligible Properties for the Green Homes Grant scheme include all owner-occupied homes (including long-leaseholders and shared ownership), landlords of private rented sector domestic properties, landlords of social sector domestic properties (including local authority owned homes) and park homeowners (for residential sites including Gypsy and Traveller sites). For the low-income scheme, only owner-occupied properties and park homes are eligible for support. Households will need to be in receipt of income-based or disability benefits to be able to qualify for a fully-funded package of measures, up to £10,000. The grant scheme will run until the end of March 2021.
Homeowners will be able to combine Green Homes Grant funding with Renewable Heat Incentive payments. They must apply for RHI after applying for the Green Homes Grant, to enable the grant to be deducted from RHI payments.