Solar Panel Grants in Scotland

Find local installers in Scotland by completing the form at the top of the page.

There are many options available to help with the initial installation costs of solar panels.

The feed-in tariff will mean you are paid for the electricity that you produce making solar panels and excellent investment.

What help is available in Scotland?

Until recently the Scottish government had offered The Energy Saving Scotland Home Renewables Grant Scheme which offered a contribution towards installation costs of solar panels of up to £4,000. However, this scheme was discontinued in July 2010 as allocated funds ran out.

The Scottish government are still offering an interest free loan of up to £2,000 to install a solar panel system. This is allocated on a first come first served basis.

Read more information on the grants and loans available to Scottish residents.

The feed-in tariff

Solar panels owners in Scotland also qualify for the feed-in tariff scheme. This scheme is backed by the government and offers solar panel owners payments for the electricity they produce. Owners receive 14.9 pence per unit of electricity, kilowatt, produced even if this electricity is used within the property.

Excess electricity is returned to the national grid but each unit of such electricity is rewarded with a further 4.64 pence payment per unit of electricity. It is estimated the average household will receive around £490 a year from these payments. The scheme is backed for at least 20 years and all payments will be tax free.

This means solar panel owners can earn in excess of £14,000 which is a substantial profit on the £6,500 or so the technology costs to install.

Read more on the feed-in tariff.

Can I get free solar panels in Scotland?

There are numerous Scottish companies which offer free solar panel installation. However, these companies will receive the Feed-in Tariff payments for the duration of the scheme. In this case home owners will only receive reduced electricity bills.

There are significant benefits to installing solar panels. Environmentally, the solar panels are seen in a positive light as they created green, renewable energy. Solar panel owners will also see a reduction in their standard utility bills. However, solar panel grants in Scotland have generally been replaced by the Feed-In Tariff scheme. There has been a distinct step away from helping people with installation costs towards a more long term financial rewards for installing the technology.

Read more information on how to get free solar panels.

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