Why create a renewable energy source?

The benefits of installing a renewable energy system are vast. Government incentives can make a system financially lucrative whilst you’re saving the environment.

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A helping hand from the Government

The Government supports renewable energy as it seeks to achieve its bold new target of 95% of GBs electricity set to be low carbon by 2030. Hitting these targets will greatly reduce the release of carbon into the atmosphere and the impact it has on our environment. This support is in the form of the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) for photovoltaic systems and the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) for heat pumps and biomass boilers. Both schemes can only be accessed through companies like us who have been MCS accredited, ensuring that you will have the best possible equipment fitted by properly trained installers.

Smart Export Guarantee

In the aftermath of the Feed in Tariff, the last remaining tariff to incentivise people to consider PV panels is the SEG. Its focus is on persuading people to switch to a smart meter and energy suppliers compete to offer you as high a tariff as they can. The current rate can be as high as 5p for every kilowatt you export – it’ll never make you rich but does help justify the fact that you are contributing to the grid.

It’s always better to use the electricity you generate at source but sometimes, it’s just not possible. You might consider battery storage at this point but if that doesn’t suit, you know you’re eking out some reward for your contribution to the grid.


Renewable energy can be very rewarding

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) supports the decarbonisation of heat in buildings. It provides up-front capital grants to support the installation of heat pumps and biomass boilers in homes and non-domestic buildings in England and Wales.

Acting on behalf of property owners, installers can apply for:

• £5000 off the cost and installation of an air source heat pump
• £5000 off the cost and installation of a biomass boiler
• £6000 off the cost and installation of a ground source heat pump, including water source heat pumps

The scheme is part of more than £3.9bn funding announced in the government’s Heat and Buildings Strategy in 2021 to help cut carbon emissions from homes.

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme works in a similar way to the old Green Homes Grant, whereby the government contributes a fixed sum towards the cost of a renewable heating system. It operates a first-come, first-served basis to those who meet the eligibility criteria.

We can help advise you on whether a heat pump or biomass boiler would be suitable for your property and if it might require improving the energy efficiency of your property first. We’d look carefully at the way the heat is delivered to your home (radiators and UFH), the loft insulation and cavity wall insulation – all to help improve the efficiency of your house before installing any low carbon heating system


Energy prices will rise again

One of the great certainties in life is that the cost of fossil fuel will continue to rise as it becomes more scarce. Each year energy prices rise by more than inflation. Take a look at your bills and you may be surprised by just how much you are currently spending.

So how much can you save?
With one of our solar systems you can save up to 70% of the amount you spend on hot water. (On average hot water accounts for 25% of your total energy bill.) With one of our photovoltaic systems you could take a decent chunk off your electricity bill, especially with a battery. An average semi-detatched house uses 5000 kilowatts a year and a 4kWp PV system can generate a combination of savings and income to pay for some of it. Of course, in each case, it depends on your energy use, but with each quote, we’ll show you annual output figures that will allow you to judge for yourself.

Payback time depends on how much hot water or electricity you use and the future price of energy. Using current rates, we’ll estimate how long it will take to pay back your outlay in every quote