Solar Panel Grants for Veterans

Veterans who are homeowners or private tenants could be eligible for a solar grant which could help them save money on bills annually and reduce their carbon footprint. Under the government-backed ECO scheme,  veterans in receipt of particular income-related benefits, or who have a household income below the £31,000 threshold, could be eligible for a grant to get solar panels installed at their home. As part of the scheme, many energy suppliers are obliged to provide funding grants for the installation of energy-efficient solar panels for low-income households.

There are a number of benefits that previously would have qualified you for grant assistance under ECO3 but are no longer part of the ECO4 scheme. These benefits that are no longer included in the ECO4 eligibility criteria include War Pensions Mobility Supplement, Ministry of Justice Benefits, and Armed Forces Independence Payment.

That said, there are still many income-related benefits that could potentially qualify you for a solar panel grant. Qualifying benefits for ECO4  include:

  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Working Tax Credit (WTC)
  • Child Tax Credits (CTC)
  • Universal Credit (UC)
  • Housing Benefit (now eligible under ECO4)
  • Pension Credit Savings Credit (now eligible under ECO4)

Why should veterans apply for solar panel grants through the ECO4 scheme?

The installation of solar panels on your home make a very obvious difference to your annual energy bills. Exact savings can vary depending on how much electricity you use, the solar system size, whether you are at home throughout the day and using the energy you are producing with the panels, plus other factors. However, based on October 2022 estimates from the Energy Saving Trust, a typical household with solar panels can enjoy annual savings of between £205-£500 (depending on how much they are at home in the day in order to take advantage of the electricity they are producing).

Also, another key benefit of installing solar panels is how much more environmentally friendly your home will be. Solar panels are a useful renewable source that will allow you to become more energy-efficient and reduce your carbon footprint significantly.

How can veterans benefit from the scheme?

If you’re a veteran who is in a low-income household (lower than £31,000) or claiming a qualifying income-related benefit, you could apply for a solar panel grant to get solar panels installed heavily discounted or completely free. Provide us with some basic details today and we’ll see if you are eligible for the scheme.

If you or anyone living permanently in your household is claiming one of the benefits above you could be entitled to a solar panel grant. Even if you do not own your home, there is still an opportunity for you to apply for funding as a privately renting tenant. As a veteran who is receiving one of the qualifying benefits, you would be the one to submit the application, not your landlord, but you would still require their permission in order to proceed with your application for a solar panel grant.

Solar Grant Options

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Find out how much your home could save with free funding and by going green.

How your new solar set up will work for you

Generate Energy

Solar PV panels consist of multiple cells made from semiconducting materials, which when light shines upon them, electricity is created.

Store Energy

The electricity created can be used, stored in a battery, or exported to the grid to receive money from the energy companies as part of the Smart Export Guarantee.

Works even on gloomy days

Electricity is created from daylight, not necessarily direct sunlight, meaning that you’ll still get some electricity produced even on gloomy days.

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