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News 15 July 2010: Queue NOW! Scottish solar heating 30% grants move to a “queue system” – closing 23 July.

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

Scottish solar heating – grants are evaporating – apply now – urgent newsflash – 15 July 2010

Please excuse the rather hasty format of this solar news, but I really want to get this good, bad and urgent solar news out to you (and linked, please, to any contacts you feel may be interested in domestic solar thermal panels) right now….

– The bad solar news is that the pot of funds for 30% grants for solar water heating in Scotland is now all “allocated”.
– The good solar news is that, in reality, not everyone will take up their option to have a solar heating installation.
– So some more good solar news is that, fortunately, there is a waiting list operating for these possibly “released” unused funds to be reallocated to new “queued” applicants – which could yet be YOU!

– The most urgent solar news of all is that:

1/ You are only allowed to join the solar grants queue before 5.30 pm on Friday 23 July. And it seems that you must apply on paper – so please allow for postal delays. After that the door to the solar grants queue shuts. Bang!

2/ The solar grants queue operates on a “first come first served” basis. So get in now. Zoom!

3/ Latecomers are less likely to be funded, since the funds may well all be spent by the time the turns of any latecomers comes up. Weep!
4/ So the sooner you join the queue, the sooner your turn may come up – if at all. Free money!
5/ So please consider applying now by first class post. Scribble-lick-post!

Scottish 30% solar water heating grants are NOT means tested – to apply for your 30% solar grants – well – to join the queue you need:

– a solar heating quote (we can do these for you, rapidly, by phone) and
– a correctly completed solar grant application form.

At Solartwin, we can secure you an advantageous place in the solar grants queue super-quick. If you don’t already have a Scottish solar grant application form, we can email you a pdf copy of the blank one. But best of all, we can correctly pre-fill most of it in for you, with all our techy details, automatically. Just ask us – this will save you time. You then just add your address and signature and tick some check-boxes. And post it off immediately. If you live near Edinburgh, perhaps you can gain a few places by hand delivering your solar grant application as hard (ie paper) copy (not by fax or email) to:

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

If reception are prepared to date-stamp and time-stamp your application when you hand it in, then please ask them to do so – as it may affect your place in the queue. On reflection, if you think that you may, in the next six months or so, want a solar water heating system, then please apply now – today – before tomorrow.   Why such insistence? Well, we would really love you to be our customer, of course!

And I doubt if Scotland will ever again have such a generous capital subsidy scheme for solar water heating systems. Most Scottish grants for Solartwin systems are around £1142 (for installations which cost just under £4000 including VAT but before the grant is applied). This means you may yet be able to get a solar water heating installation which lightens your pocket by less than £3000.

Don’t miss this evanescent solar grant – and please do tell your friends that the door will finally shut for good as soon as next Friday!

I do hope this rather mixed news is useful to you – and to any friends to whom you can copy it now. And if they end up ordering a solar heating system with a £1142 grant as a result of your sending this, perhaps they will thank you by … (you can imagine this bit!).

If ever time was money, then it is today! We are here to help and we are looking forward to hearing from you on 0344 567 9032.

With sunny best wishes from Barry Johnston, Managing Director of Solar Twin Ltd.

PASTED COPY OF EMAIL FROM EST SCOTLAND – INFORMING US OF NEWS OF SOLAR GRANTS CUTS

Date: 15 July 2010

From: Anthony Kyriakides – Energy Saving Trust Scotland.
Subject: FW: Installer update – Upcoming closure of the Energy Saving Scotland home renewables grants scheme

Following the recent announcement regarding the upcoming Energy Saving Scotland home renewables grant scheme closure, we have seen a steep rise in the number of applications submitted. Subsequently, remaining grant funding has now been fully allocated and a grant applicant waiting list is now in operation.

As per the grant scheme closure correspondence below sent to you on 2nd July 2010, please be aware that this waiting list offers no guarantee of grant funding and funds will only become available to those on the waiting list if other allocated grants are not successfully claimed.

At this stage we are not able to indicate if or when any funding for reallocation will become available. Please note that grant terms and conditions do not allow work to start before an offer of grant is made.   This means that if your customers wish to wait to find out if Energy Saving Scotland home renewables grant funding will be made available to them, then they need to ensure that no work has been carried out in relation to their renewable installation prior to receiving a formal written offer of grant.

Further applications received until the scheme closure date of 5.30pm on 23rd July 2010 will be added to the waiting list. We will be writing to those applicants who are on the waiting list to make them aware of the status of their application. If you have customers who have not yet applied for a grant and have questions about the grant scheme please direct them to their local Energy Saving Scotland advice centre on 0800 512 012. Thank you for your continued support in communicating the grant scheme closure to Scottish householders.

Yours sincerely, Anthony Kyriakides, Manager, Scottish Renewables, Energy Saving Trust.”

Over-successful 30% Scottish solar grants now resort to a waiting list!

First come is first served – so apply immediately.

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.

FAQ on the latest 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. Funds ran out today. You can still apply by 5.30pm on Friday 23rd July 2010 but only for any funds that may not be taken up by people who do not actually order their installations.

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”. This week our customers’ experience was that this delay was now 5 weeks. This likely to get longer given the recent solar grants application stampede. So please apply today! Get the forms filled in 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, waiting list 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.

Please 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 working with the UK Government on a proposed Renewable Heat Incentive. The details of this incentive appears have been kicked into the long grass of yet another cost saving “consultation”, one which will not conclude until 2011 but it currently proposes 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. It seems unlikely.

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 technically all “allocated” but is not all spent. The difference is that not everone who applies for a grant actually uses it! Hence the waiting list for second hand solar grant funds. 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, in particular solar heating, and helping thousands of householders in Scotland to generate their own renewable energy.

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

A. Perhaps, er, because governments are market-meddling bunglers. No industry can survice stop-start funding for long. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) referred to above was 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 and has been delayed again will the RHI run at all? We don’t know.

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

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