Scottish government introduces new renewable heat scheme

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The Scottish Government has announced a new £4.5m incentive to help people install renewable and energy efficiency measures in their homes

Homeowners will be able to apply for 75% cashback up to the value of £7,500 towards the cost of a renewable heating system and a further 40% cashback up to £6,000 for energy efficiency measures.

This is in addition to the £4m renewable heat cashback scheme for SMEs which opened for applications last week.

The cashback offering for owners of domestic premises is an extension of the Home Energy Scotland loan scheme which offers interest-free loans for those wishing to install renewable and energy efficiency measures in their homes.

Through the new offering, £4.5m will be allocated across the new incentive to offer homeowners a 75% cashback up to £7,500 for renewable heat measures and an enhanced 40% cashback for energy efficiency measures up to £6,000.

Both incentives operate on a first-come-first-served basis until the end of the financial year 2020/21.

Supporting a green economic recovery

Scotland’s Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, said: “This new scheme is part of our ongoing work to support people to install renewable heat measures and the improve energy efficiency in homes across Scotland while we also seek to stimulate the development of local supply chains.

“The Scottish Government already provides substantial free advice and support service to Scottish households to support them to make the transition to renewable heat and improve energy efficiency in their homes.

“Through this new cashback incentive, homeowners could receive up to £13,500 of Scottish Government support.

“This new scheme is part of our action to reduce emissions from heating our buildings and to support a green economic recovery from Covid-19 and I hope suitably qualified businesses are able to also pick up some valuable local work.

“Our wider package of work to support the recovery includes a £4m renewable heat cashback scheme which opened to SMEs last week.”

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