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Grab that 30% Scottish Solar Water Heating Grant before it vanishes!

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Solar panels – Solar Scotland –   Scottish solar heating installations – Scotland solar energy – Solar renewable heat   – Best solar prices

Solar News 7th July 2010.

Note: some of this news is now superseded by today’s announcement that there is now a queue for Scottish grants. So call us now since they are first come first served. Details on our more recent Scottish news page dated 15 July 2010.

Scottish solar water heating 30% grants bonanza about to end.

If you live in Scotland – whether or not you have thought before of applying for a solar water heating grant – please may I suggest that you apply right now? There is generous 30% funding – over £1000 per home still available! But it will vanish very soon indeed.

Why the hurry? Because on 2nd July, Energy Minister John Mather said: “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.”

No problem. You can have your 30% grant pre-approved against your name right away. You can always decide NOT to take it up – later. So if you want to apply for a grant funded Solartwin solar water heating installation, a grant typically worth £1142 – which not be offered again, please call Solartwin now for a quote.

Why choose Solartwin’s zero carbon solar water heating system?

Invented in Scotland, Solartwin is designed to be green: it does not have to be connected into mains electrics for it to work, unlike most solar heating, making Solartwin a more sustainable and inherently cleaner technology. You will reduce your fuel bills and your greenhouse gas emissions. Plus, as a nationwide business, established for 11 years, we keep our emissions as low as possible by usually quoting over the phone, instead of by car. Independently published research shows that a typical conventional solar water heating system, when operated for ten years will negate its carbon savings by around two years in its use of mains electricity. By contrast, a typical Solartwin installation has zero years operational carbon clawback – because its neat wee pump and controls are 100% solar powered.

Please don’t hesitate – call now on 0344 567 9032 for your free instant quote, contacts of a local Solartwin user and immediate help with getting the grant funds pre-allocated against your name – before they evaporate. Blink in the summer sunlight – and you may miss out.

We are open until 8 pm. We are all looking forward to speaking with you soon.

Sunny regards from Barry Johnston at Solar Twin Ltd.

Details of the grants and the fact that they wil vanish soon are in this link.

FAQ on the Scottish solar water heating panels grants cuts.

Q. My installer cannot visit me to quote before 23rd July 2010. May I please submit my application without a quote?

A. Don’t worry. Solar Twin Ltd can do instant solar panel quotes by phone. Call 0344 567 9032. Thanks to your help and aerial photography, we will survey and quote you in a few minutes. The grant amount that you could receive is calculated based on the quote you submit from a certified installer such as us and a quote is therefore essential to process your application.

Q. What is happening to the Energy Saving Scotland home renewables grants scheme?
A. Following the popularity of the Energy Saving Scotland home renewables grant scheme, particularly for solar water heating installations, the high demand and successful allocation of grant funding means that the scheme will close to all new applications at 5.30pm on Friday 23rd July 2010 or sooner if the funds are all allocated earlier.

Applications received before this deadline will be processed on a first come first served basis until grant funding is fully allocated – so apply today.

Completed applications must be submitted in hard copy to:

Services Delivery Team
Energy Saving Trust
2nd Floor, Ocean Point 1
94 Ocean Drive
Edinburgh, EH6 6JH

Faxed or emailed application forms will not be accepted.

Solar Twin Ltd have copies of the forms and we can quickly help you with filling in – we have done many of them.

Once grant funding is fully allocated a waiting list will operate for the remaining applications that arrived before the 23rd July 2010 scheme closure deadline.

This waiting list offers NO guarantee of grant funding. Finances will only become available if/when formerly allocated grant funding is not successfully claimed.

If you wish to join the waiting list it is important to note that no work should be carried out prior to receiving a formal written offer of grant in order to satisfy the grant scheme terms and conditions.

Q. How will I know if I have actually been successful in obtaining an Energy Saving Scotland home renewables solar heating grant?
A. Grant applications are processed “as quickly as possible”. In our customer’s experience this time interval is varies from 1 day to 1 month depending on Energy Saving Trust’s workload. (So please apply today!) You will receive a solar water heating installation grant offer (or rejection) in writing from the Energy Saving Trust services delivery team when your application is fully processed. If there are any queries about to your application they will contact you or your installer for more information. But it is best to get the forms right first time. We can always help you here.

Q. How will I know if I am on the waiting list for an Energy Saving Scotland home renewables solar heating grant?
A. Once grant funds are assigned, remaining applicants who have submitted their application before 23rd July 2010 will receive a letter from the Energy Saving Trust services delivery team notifying them that they are on the grant waiting list. Applicants will then be advised if and when grant funding becomes available.

Q. I have already received a grant offer letter for the installation of my renewable technology. Will I still be able receive the grant offered?
A. Yes, your solar panel grant offer will still be valid in line with the terms and conditions as specified in your grant offer letter. Please note that solar heating grant offers in Scotland are valid for 6 months.

Q. What support is now available to assist domestic renewable installations in Scotland?
A. Not much support for renewable heat. The free Energy Saving Scotland home renewables advice service will continue to be funded by the Scottish Government to provide home visits from specialist renewables advisors to householders in Scotland looking for impartial advice and information on renewable technologies to suit their properties

The Scottish Government has worked with the UK Government on the development of the Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) for electricity (NOT heat) technologies and from 1st April 2010, FITs have been offering financial support to householders, giving a guaranteed income for renewable electricity generated for up to 25 years.

Call Solartwin for a free instant quote for a solar electric installation which is eligible for the FIT, currently around 42.5 pence per kilowatt-hour generated.

The Scottish Government is also working with the UK Government on the proposed Renewable Heat Incentive. The details of the incentive are not yet confirmed but propose payments to householders with heat generating renewable technologies.

Q. Will the Energy Saving Scotland home renewables grant scheme be replaced with a new grant scheme?
A. This is not  likely.

Q. Is there any other national grant funding available towards the cost of renewable installations?
A. No. Currently there are no national or UK wide schemes available for installing domestic renewables.

Q. Why has the Energy Saving Scotland home renewables grant scheme closed?
A. The money is nearly all spent. Given its popularity, at a 30% grant, far higher than in England, the Energy Saving Scotland home renewables grant scheme has been extremely successful in stimulating the market for microgeneration technologies and helping thousands of householders in Scotland to generate their own energy.

By assisting in developing the market in this way, uptake of renewable technologies amongst householders in Scotland is ever increasing and home renewables grant scheme funding is now unsustainable at this increased level of demand given the increasingly tight constraints on the Scottish Government budget.

Q. Why has the Energy Saving Scotland home renewables grant scheme stopped before the renewable heat incentive is in place?

A. Perhaps because governments are market-meddling bunglers. No industry can survice stop-start funding for long. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is supposed to provide financial support that encourages individuals, communities and businesses to switch from using fossil fuel for heating, to sources such as solar water heating and wood fuel. But it is not yet in place. The UK Government is currently consulting on the design of the incentive and although the scheme is proposed to be introduced in April 2011, this date and the details of the scheme are yet to be finalised and confirmed.

Q. Where can I make a complaint regarding the grant scheme closure?
A. Please send your complaint in writing by email or by post to:

Services Delivery
Energy Saving Trust
2nd Floor, Ocean Point One
94 Ocean Drive
Edinburgh, EH6 6JH
servicesdeliveryscotland@est.org.uk

Extract from the Scottish Government’s press release on solar heating grants cuts.

Last call for home renewables grants Scheme for heating technologies experiencing unprecedented demand.

Householders are being urged to snap up grants for home renewables.
Government grants are available for 30 per cent of the cost, up to a maximum of £4,000, for heating technologies like wood fuel boilers, heat pumps or solar thermal water heating.

Due to unprecedented demand, people are being encouraged to apply for an Energy Saving Scotland home renewables grant before the scheme ends.

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.”

From the Scottish Parliament Press release dated 2 July 2010.

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