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Home Energy Scotland renewables loan scheme

The Scottish Government is currently considering plans for this scheme for 2017-18.  Please contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 for any updates or to register your interest.

The information given below is for reference only and to help you determine whether you wish to register your interest.  

 

 

 

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

Interest free loans of up to £10,000 from the Scottish Government are available to owner occupiers in Scotland who wish to install a domestic renewables system or to connect to an approved district heating scheme powered by a renewable energy source.

If you are interested in applying for this loan please contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282. They can give you information about the loan and advise on the range of support that may be available to you.

The scheme operates on a first-come first-served basis subject to the overall availability of loan funds. 

 

Important information - end of 2016-17 financial year and claim dates

For applications received on or after 06 March 2017:

We aim to process loan applications within 10 working days of receipt. This means we can only make a loan offer from 2016-17 funds, and by 31 March 2017, if we receive a full and complete application by 17 March 2017. At present no offers can be made beyond 31 March 2017.

For applications received on or after 06 March 2017 then the loan claim date will be 90 days from the date of loan offer and will not have a backstop of 31 March 2017.

These applications will still be subject to meeting all eligibility criteria, credit and affordability checks.  It is also a condition of the scheme that you do not begin work before you receive a written loan offer.

Please keep these timeframes in mind if you are considering applying to this loan scheme. 

For customers with an existing loan offer or with an application received by Energy Saving Trust before  06 March 2017

You must install and claim your loan funds by the date specified in your loan offer letter.

If you have concerns about meeting this deadline please contact Services Delivery asap specifying the reason for the delay and giving an estimated new date by which you can install and claim funds.

Extensions are considered on a case by case basis and cannot be guaranteed.

2017-18 Financial Year

The Scottish Government are currently reviewing the HESRL scheme for 2017-18.  For updates please check this page or get in touch with Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282.

General information

Only Home Energy Scotland can arrange for an application form to be sent to you. It is a condition of the scheme that you contact Home Energy Scotland personally and that third parties, for example installers, are not allowed to apply on your behalf.  

It is also a condition that work must not commence on any installation until you receive a written offer of a loan.

Further information on how the scheme works can be found below and in our FAQs.  Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of the scheme rules which can be found in full the in the application form.

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.
  • The amount that can be borrowed and the maximum repayment period you can choose depends on the system type being installed. Please see the table below for more information. 

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 for home renewables systems?

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.

Which installers can be used for connections to approved district heating schemes?

The installer must be approved by the district heating scheme operator.

What other requirements are there?

  • To maximise carbon dioxide reductions and energy saved, a minimum level of energy efficiency improvements are required.
  • The system you wish to install must be recommended in a supporting energy report which Home Energy Scotland can advise on when you call about the loan.
  • After an application is received, we will assess your eligibility and carry out affordability and credit checks before issuing a loan offer. Work must not commence on any installation until you receive a written offer of a loan.
  • Only once a written loan offer is issued can you start and complete the work and claim the loan before your claim deadline. Once a loan offer is issued it must be claimed within 90 days of the date of the offer or by 31st March 2017, whichever is sooner. 
  • Should you wish to claim part of the loan prior to the completion of the installation, to help with the cost of a deposit or staged payment, please notify us in writing after you have received your loan offer.  These requests are assessed on a case by case and approval is not guaranteed..
  • For more details of the eligibility criteria please speak to Home Energy Scotland free on 0808 808 2282 

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) – This UK Government scheme pays you for the renewable heat you generate. Find out more about RHI > 
  • Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) – This UK Government scheme pays you for the renewable electricity you generate. Find out more about Feed-in tarriffs >
  • HEEPS Loan – This Scottish Government scheme offers interest free loans to help with the costs of installing home energy efficiency improvements. This could be used to meet the energy efficiency requirements for the Home Energy Scotland renewables loan. Find out more about HEEPS loans >

Help, advice and how to request an application form

For more details of the eligibility criteria and to request an application form please speak to Home Energy Scotland free on 0808 808 2282 .  The full list of eligibility criteria can be found in the application form.

Related information

Check our renewables pages to find out more about home renewables systems.

Try our Cashback CalculatorSolar Energy Calculator, and the domestic RHI calculator to help discover how much you could potentially earn and save, and by how much you could cut CO2 emissions .

If you’re interested in finding out about homeowners who have already installed renewables then check out the Green Homes Network. We can even arrange a visit to a property for you so you can see the system and speak to the homeowner in person.

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