Monday, September 18, 2006

Low Carbon Buildings Initiative - Funding

Hello There,

Just a quick note to give you a bit of information on the funding stream that has replaced the old Clear Skies pot from the Department for Trade & Industry.

The Low Carbon Buildings Programme is a three year programme aimed at providing grants for microgeneration technologies to householders, community organisations, schools, the public and not for profit sector and private businesses.

You can find details of funding for specific renewable energy measures on the DTI website. The funds are managed by the EST.

Stream One is for householders and community groups. There are pre qualiyfing conditions to the grants - primarily that any home applying must have already installed the basic level of energy efficiency measures in the home - ie the house should have 270mm loft insulation, use energy saving lamps in a number of main living areas in the household and have cavity wall insulation if suitable.

Stream Two is for SHP's, SME's, Housing Associations, Businesses, Housing Developers, Public bodies (eg schools, universities, hospitals), Government Offices, voluntary/charitable organisations, and energy service companies.

Its an online application process but with from £400 for a solar thermal install up to £3,000 per kWp on offer towards the cost of installation of a solar PV system and a total pot of £10.5 million for Stream One and £18 million for Stream Two, its certainly worth taking into account if you are considering installing some renewable energy sources to your home or you are an SHP considering this as part of your investment strategy.

Good luck and best wishes - by all means let me know how you get on if you apply

From Your Friend The Energy Angel


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