Home Energy Scotland renewables loan scheme

The Home Energy Scotland renewables loan scheme is funded by the Scottish Government and is currently open to new applications.

What is available under the scheme?

  • For renewables systems - up to 75 per cent of the total cost of renewables systems up to £10,000 .
  • For district heating scheme connections - up to 100 per cent of the total cost of connecting to a district heating scheme up to £5,000.

Please note:

  • The amount borrowed, and repayment period depends on the technology being installed. Please see the table below for more information.
  • The Home Energy Scotland renewables loan scheme operated on a first-come first-served basis subject to the overall availability of loan funds. 
  • You must not commence work before receiving a written offer of the loan.

Who can apply?

Loans are available to owner occupiers in Scotland for residential existing buildings and new buildings under construction where the property is already owned by the intended owner occupier.

Maximum loan amounts and repayment periods

Technologies

Maximum loan value

Maximum loan repayment period (years)

Solar photovoltaic (PV)

£2,500

5

Wind turbine

£2,500

5

Hydro turbine

£2,500

5

Solar water heating system

£5,000

8

Hybrid PV -solar water heating system

£7,500

8

Air source to water heat pump

£10,000

12

Ground source to water heat pump

£10,000

12

Water source to water heat pump

£10,000

12

Wood-fuelled (biomass) stoves and boilers

£10,000

12

 

District heating schemes eligibility

Interest free loans of up to 100% of costs, up to £5,000, are available for connecting to an approved district heating scheme.

The scheme must be approved for support under the Home Energy Scotland renewables loan scheme. 

Which installers and products can be used?

The chosen installer and system must be certified under the terms of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). 

A list of all MCS certified products and installers can be found at Microgeneration Certification Scheme website.

You can find more information about MCS certified installers in your area using our Renewables Installer Finder tool, including current offers and customer reviews.

What other requirements are there?

  • To maximise carbon dioxide reductions and energy saved, a minimum level of energy efficiency measures were a requirement of the loan.
  • In all cases  a Green Deal Assessment needed to be carried out on your property and a copy of the Green Deal report must be, or have been, provided with your claim.
  • For more details of the eligibility criteria please speak to Home Energy Scotland free on 0808 808 2282 or check the FAQs
  • Should you wish to claim part of the loan prior to the completion of the installation, please notify us in writing after you have received your offer and we will assess your request.

Could other support be combined with the Home Energy Scotland renewables loan scheme?

It can be possible to combine the Home Energy Scotland renewables loan with other schemes and incentives. Please contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 to find out more. Examples of potentially relevant schemes include:

  • The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) - You may be able to receive payments for renewable heat you generate through the domestic renewable heat incentive (RHI), even if you have received a renewables loan from the Scottish Government. Find out more about RHI > 
  • Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) - You may be eligible for payments for renewable electricity you generate under the Feed-in Tariffs scheme. You can apply to this scheme even if you have had a renewables loan from the Scottish Government. Find out more about Feed-in tarriffs >
  • HEEPS Cashback - this Scottish Government scheme is open to owner occupiers, private and social tenants and registered private sector landlords with properties in council tax bands A to C. A rebate of up to £1,300 is available for a variety of measures such as boilers, insulation and secondary glazing. Find our more about HEEPS Cashback > 

Use our Cashback Calculator to read up on renewables

Try our Cashback Calculator and check our renewables pages to help discover how much money you could potentially earn and save, and by how much you could cut CO2 emissions by installing a renewables system.