Solar PV, Green Deal and Feed-in Tariffs Q & A

How can the Green Deal and Feed-in Tariffs work together?

A Green Deal assessment can tell you whether your home is suitable for generating its own electricity, as well as all the other energy saving improvements you can make.

You can use Green Deal finance to help meet the costs of installing solar PV, wind or even microCHP* on your property and receive the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) as well. Hydro generation and anaerobic digestion receive FiT but are not eligible for Green Deal finance.

The amount you can finance through Green Deal will depend on how much a home like yours is expected to save on its electricity bill. If this is not enough to pay for the full cost, you can still use Green Deal finance to pay for part of the cost. Your Green Deal Provider will be able to calculate this. The Feed-in Tariff payments (generation and export tariffs) cannot be included in the calculation.

*microCHP – Micro combined heat and power <2kW. Systems larger than this are not supported under FiTs.

 If I have already installed solar PV panels or other FiTs technologies can I still apply for the Green Deal?

You are not able to get Green Deal finance for FiTs Technologies already installed. However, you can use the Green Deal to pay for some or all of the costs of other improvements, such as insulation, boilers and other renewable technologies such as an air source heat pump.

 

I am thinking of installing a FiTs eligible technology. Can I apply for FiTs and Green Deal together?

Yes you can. A Green Deal Assessor will visit your home to discuss what energy saving and generation improvements you could make.

A Green Deal Provider will discuss whether a Green Deal Plan with FiTs is right for you.

 

I want to install solar PV panels on my house, but it doesn’t meet Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) level D or above required for the highest level of FiTs support. Will undertaking energy Efficiency measures under the Green Deal enables me to achieve level D?

In many cases, yes – but it depends what measures you decide to take. Your Green Deal Advisor should be able to advise you on what measures are necessary in order to meet EPC level D or above.

 

Can I get Green Deal Cash back for solar panels (or other FiTs technologies)?

No – there is no Green Deal Cash back for renewable Installations.

 A solar company wants to conduct a Green Deal assessment on my house – is that allowed?

Yes, if they are a trained Green Deal Advisor registered with a Green Deal Assessor organisation

Your Energy losses at home

Your Energy Losses

House Energy Loss and Solutions

Lower your energy bills

Insulating your property with External Wall Insulation (EWI) will dramatically reduce the amount of heat that escapes through each solid wall.  A wall with EWI is typical ten times more efficient than a solid wall.  This means you would be able to turn down your heating or room thermostat and have your heating on for shorter periods because your home will retain the heat better, keeping you warmer for much longer.  EWI typical saves you 45% of your energy bill.

Make your home more comfortable

A poorly insulated property allows the temperature outside to penetrate through to the inside more easily making living conditions very uncomfortable.  The same applies for single and double glazed windows.  This can lead some rooms having to be rearranged to avoid the cold and possible damp spots in your home.  In extremely cold conditions some rooms may even end up becoming completely unused in an attempt to create warmer spots elsewhere in the home.

Insulating your home provides a thermal barrier from the outside elements.  It prevents the cold outside penetrating through to the inside whilst retaining the heat generated on the inside. The whole house will become a much warmer and cosier place.  Amazingly, in the summer with hot conditions it has the opposite effect of keeping the home cooler.

Why would you want all that money you spend on keeping warm in the winter escaping out through your solid walls, un-insulated loft space, single glazed windows or badly fitted windows and doors

Eliminate damp problems

Solid wall properties often experience damp problems, especially as they age. The outside walls can become porous and allow water to penetrate into the home.  Cracks and gaps can form over time which allows draughts and water into your property.  But the most common complaint is condensation on the walls.  Cracked windows or ineffective double glazed sealed units will also have the same effect.

All of these potential problems are difficult to address and cost a lot of money to rectify and get rid of for good.  If left untreated, mould and mildew forms which is even harder and more expensive to treat.

EWI, new windows and doors will provide your home with a tough new weatherproof layer which will protect against penetrating damp and seal up the gaps and cracks.  Inside you will be much warmer and the condensation issues will be cured.  In turn this will save money on future maintenance and repair costs.

Prolong the life of your external walls

The UK climate throws all kinds of weather conditions at your home. Strong winds, driving rain, snow and frost and sometimes searing heat means that the walls of your home are constantly under threat.

The EWI system recommended by Clique Energy is a specially designed multi-layer system with a silicon rendered finish that is guaranteed to protect your home from whatever the British weather throws at it for many years to come.  No more will the walls need costly repairs such as re-rendering or pebble dashing, re-painting or re-pointing.  EWI has a minimum life expectancy of over 30 years.

Reduce external noise

Solid walls also tend to suffer more from noise pollution as there is no cavity to disperse noise vibrations.  EWI and double glazing is excellent at reducing external noise levels and will make your home more peaceful if you live in a noisy location.

Update the look of your home

No longer will the discoloured finish of the windows or the flaky render or breaking down pebble dash finish make your property look unloved. The new windows or walls with its tough silicon rendered finish, available is choice of colours to suit is guaranteed to have a life expectancy of at least 30 years with virtually no maintenance requirements.  EWI provides a fresh new and updated look for your home.

Increase the value your of home

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has performed a study that shows homes that are more energy efficient sell for considerably more than those that are inefficient.  An increase of between 5% to 14% has been seen for homes that have an improved energy performance rating.  Solid wall properties, will at best, have an energy rating of “D”, more often than not they are nearer to “F” rated.  Bringing you home up to a “C” or “B” rating can add thousands of pounds to its value.

Who Qualifies for a Free boiler grant ?

In order to qualify for a free replacement boiler under the Governments ECO Scheme you must fall in to one of the below benefit groups. Pension Credit and Child Tax Credit qualify automatically, group two and three need to have an additional qualifying component.

You must also be the home owner, private tenant or landlord (applying on behalf of your tenant), your property must have Mains Gas as its fuel and the boiler must be over 8 years old, or broken/faulty.

Automatic Qualification

Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit (household income below £15,860)

One of the Below

Plus ONE of the Qualifying Components below

Income Based Job Seekers Allowance Child Under 16
Income Related Employment & Support Allowance Child Under 20 in Full Time Education
Income Support Child Tax Credit including a Disability Element
Disabled Child Premium
Disability Premium
Pension Premium

One of the Below

Plus ONE of the Qualifying Components below

Working Tax Credits (income below £15,860) Responsible for a child under 16 who lives at the property
Responsible for a child under 20 in full time education other than higher education who lives at the property
Receive a disabled worker element or severe disability element
Be aged 60 or over

External Wall Insulation

External Wall Insulation

The UK housing market is made of some of the least energy efficient dwellings across Europe, with over 7 million properties built with solid wall construction. These properties are classed as hard to treat properties and the only real cost effective way with minimal disruption to improve their energy efficiency is to install external wall insulation (EWI).

EWI Thermal

 

External wall insulation (EWI) is the application of an insulation layer to the outside wall of a building in order to improve the building’s energy efficiency.  By minimising heat loss in cold weather and heat gain in warm weather, EWI creates a much more comfortable living environment and reduces heating costs.

EWI is a widely available system made up of three basic components: an insulation material, a base fixing coat and a render or cladding.  The insulation material is secured to the wall using special adhesives and/or purpose-made fixings. The final surface, which provides both the aesthetic and weather proofing functions of the wall is usually a coloured render but could also be a brick effect or other specialist finish.  A range of EWI systems are available allowing the building owner to prioritise between cost and technical performance.

The most common building types of construction ideal for EWI are:

  • solid masonry
  • concrete
  • brick builds.
  • old style prefabricated framework buildings with metal or timber panel in-fills
  • park homes and static caravans

The money you spend on heating and keeping your property warm is easily lost as it escapes through solid wall properties very easily.  The latest insulated rendered systems have exceptional thermal qualities and can dramatically make a difference to the occupants living and working conditions by improving comfort levels.

It also updates the look of your home and provides additional protection, improving its’ kerb appeal and potential market value.

EWI Finishes

As mentioned earlier, external wall insulation systems are made up of a series of layered materials, consisting of:

Layer 1 – Insulation.  There are several various types available incuding; Mineral Wool, Expandable Polystyrene, Phenolic, PIR and Cork.  Each system has its own merits and are approved by all the major system providers such as; Rockwool, Weber, Wetherby, Knauf, Sto, Dryvit, Alescco and Alumasc.

Layer 2 – Base coat render.  Usually made up of cement based and or polymer modified render systems

Layer 3 – Reinforcement mesh.  A fibre-glass netting material to add extra strength and prevent cracking.

Layer 4 – Choice of decorative finishes.  Advanced technology means smooth, rough, dash, brick effect and brick slip finishes are available.

EWI LayersAll of the EWI layers are built up on-site.  Applied by machine or by hand and finished by hand to the customers requirements.  EWI systems are extremely versatile and can be applied to virtually any type of structure.  The finished project is often a dramatic change from the previous appearance.  With a selection available from over 2000 colours and a variety of textured finishes the choice is huge.

An alternative finish can be achieved with an overloading rail system such as rain screen, aluminium, terracotta or timber cladding options, giving your property a different type of textured look whilst providing a contemporary modern finish.

 

There is going to be another 100m in GDHIF vouchers available in June. Clique Energy can guide you through the process of claiming you £3750 voucher and do the works. Feel free to contact us on 01204 391 865 for any advice on the GDHIF voucher scheme.

FREE Boiler Grant

Use Clique Energy to check if you qualify for a Free Grant for a new Gas Boiler via the UK Governments ECO Scheme

Free, and heavily subsidised replacement boilers are available via ECO, a Government Scheme which has been set up to help low-income households access home efficiency improvements to reduce the cost of heating their homes, and to reduce their carbon footprints. If you meet the benefits related criteria, and your current boiler is over 8 years old (not condensing), you should qualify. It’s as simple as that.

UK Governent Boiler GrantsOur interactive online application process lets you check if you qualify for a free boiler grant in less than 3 minutes. If you do, you can then choose to be contacted by a UK Government approved company who can assist you with the installation and take your grant application through to completion.

Boiler Grants are non-repayable, this means you do not have to pay any money back at any time. There are no complicated terms and conditions. If you qualify for a free boiler grant, you can have one installed along with new heating controls (where necessary). The amount of funding you get is determined by the efficiency of your home, so an energy assessment will be carried out free of charge. In some instances a small contribution may be required.

See if you qualify by clicking on the link below and filling in your details

 

http://www.cliqueenergy.com/affordable-warmth-scheme/#affordable-warmth-enquiry