Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

For solar thermal products, any householder in England, Scotland and Wales can apply.

For ground to water, air to water or water to water heat pumps, and for biomass boilers, householders without gas central heating in England, Scotland and Wales can apply (in other words those who are not connected to the gas grid and currently rely on fuels such as oil, liquid gas, solid fuel or electricity for their heating). All successful applicants will have to meet certain simple conditions.

What are the conditions?

Your house must be your main home and it must have basic energy efficiency measures in place. This means you will need to confirm you have loft insulation to 250mm and cavity wall insulation, where these measures are practical. The renewable heat product you will be installing must be listed under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme, and be installed by someone registered under the scheme, or equivalent. Visit the MCS website for details.

Once the equipment is up and running, you will be asked to fill in two customer surveys. You may be chosen at random to have extra meters attached to your installation (free of charge) as we are keen to monitor and learn about how heating systems are used in practice in various different circumstances and types of home. It is a condition of the scheme that you are happy to have these meters installed.

All installations must be complete and vouchers redeemed by the expiry date on your voucher or 31 March 2012 – whichever is sooner. No vouchers will be valid beyond 31 March 2012.

How much are these grants worth?

All houses not heated by gas from the grid £300 – solar thermal – voucher valid for 3 months £950 – biomass boiler – voucher valid for 6 months £850 – air source heat pump – voucher valid for 5 months £1250 – ground source or water source heat pump – voucher valid for 6 months All installations must be complete and vouchers redeemed by the expiry date on your voucher or 31 March 2012 – whichever is sooner. No vouchers will be valid beyond 31 March 2012.

How do I apply?

Anyone can apply to the Energy Saving Trust. If you meet the conditions you will receive a voucher. You then have a set number of months to redeem the voucher by returning a signed version with a copy of the invoice and a certificate from the Microgeneration Certification Scheme. You will then have the money paid into your bank account. To apply you can contact EST via its website or by phoning them on 0800 512 012 for information. Meanwhile, make sure energy efficiency measures are in place.

Will I get the Renewable Heat Incentive too, when it comes in next year?

People who have installed the kit under the Premium Payments will also be eligible for support through the RHI providing they meet the eligibility criteria of the full RHI scheme, as will anybody else who has installed eligible equipment since 15 July 2009.

Important:

This is a summary of the full conditions. Please consult the EST website for details of how the scheme works and eligibility rules.