Details of the Press Release can be found below. Apparently more detail on the new application process is available at http://www.lowcarbonbuildings.org.uk.
UK Department of Trade and Industry (National) (DTI)
£12m for home generators
Grants to help climate-conscious householders to install microgeneration technologies will be up for grabs again later this month, Alistair Darling announced today.
The Low Carbon Buildings Programme (LCBP) has already allocated £6.8m in grants to householders and, following the addition an extra £6m in the Budget, applications for the remaining £11.9m will be open from 29 May.
Since it launched in April 2006 the LCBP has directly funded 2175 installations on homes. This includes 242 mini-turbines, 313 Solar PV projects and 1467 solar thermal heating systems.
Mr Darling said:
"Micro-wind turbines and solar panels are fast becoming the credible response of householders to cutting their carbon emissions as well as their utility bills.
"The microgeneration industry has tremendous potential in the low carbon economy. Products are already available on the high street and are starting to become recognisable on our skylines. This grant scheme is designed to maximise carbon savings, demonstrate potential and help the sector become more commercially competitive in the long term.
"It is part of a wider government programme worth £86m that will also award grants for larger scale installations on schools and other public buildings."
The grant scheme was put on hold in March while the application process was streamlined to make sure it benefits the sector in the long term.
Key changes to the application criteria include the removal of the monthly cap and a new requirement to have planning permission before applying.
The Government is currently consulting on removing the need for planning permission for the majority of microgeneration installations but it must be in place for LCBP grant applicants in the meantime.
The changes are designed to overcome delays in the take-up of grants. Only half of the £6.8m already allocated by March had been spent because of supply chain issues, planning consents not in place, delays in building schedules and applicants not ready to proceed. The DTI will continue to monitor these areas.
Notes for editors
1. Changes to the application process are:
* Abolition of monthly cap
* £2,500 maximum limit on grants per household
* Advance planning permission required
* Shorter grant offer periods
* Tighter policy on extensions
* Re-designed application form
2. More detail on the new application process is available at http://www.lowcarbonbuildings.org.uk
3. Table of grants by technology
(go to the full press release for details of these grants by technology & UK region.)
|DTI Grants Press Release 2007-05_146813_G_M_0001.pdf||DTI Press Release|
|Additional funds (£12m) for home generators||Peter - 2007-05-09 13:03:05|
|Re: Additional funds (£12m) for home generators||muymalestado - 2007-05-09 17:36:50|
One Step forward?
One problem is planning where for us the application was deemed 'a formality' by a planning officer; and would cost £270. If it is a formality which they support and which they want to know about and which they want to record why can't the cost be £15 for the effort of making a database entry?
|Re: Additional funds (£12m) for home generators||Stuart - 2007-05-12 16:59:11|
It appears that the cap on grants has dropped down to £2500 from £5000. This is a big deal and I imagine will stop some people being able to make ends meet in buying a renewable technology.
I dont see why the government cant really put some money behind grants to allow many more people to install technologies. Grants boost the speed of uptake, thay extend its range and foster the growth of the renwables industry. Leading to faster research and development, of new technologies.
|Re: Additional funds (£12m) for home generators||muymalestado - 2007-05-13 11:12:49|
Yes, so the individual's grant limit has been halved. Is it known what the figure might be for builders of industrial scale renewable generating sites, and what the 'per-kilowatt-hour' grant comparison would be between domestic and industrial.>>Phil