Hi there, and welcome to the Green Deal advisor. I’m Alan, a qualified green deal assessor, based in South Yorkshire.
My job is to visit people who are thinking about getting some work done on their homes, and would like to know if they can get it paid for under the Green Deal, a flagship government energy saving scheme. The idea is that you borrow money from the Green Deal Bank, and repay it entirely from the savings on your energy bills.
The kind of work that you might be able to benefit from includes insulation or the installation of a replacement boiler, but you don’t really need to know this in advance, as part of my job is to tell you what you qualify for under the UK Green Deal.
One of the most common questions we are asked about the Green Deal is whether solar panel installations are covered. The answer is a little more tricky than for things like insulation and replacement boilers, because they generate electricity, rather than reduce energy use.
The simple answer is yes, you can get Green Deal funding to assist you in buying solar panels and installing them on your roof. The more complicated answer is that the amount of funding you can get will depend on meeting the golden rule criteria of saving you more money than the repayments cost over the term of the loan. In order to make the numbers balance, it’s unlikely that you’ll qualify for funding with no up front cost, which is what the other home improvements we tend to look for involve.
The more likely scenario is that you’ll be able to pay for signification proportion of the solar installation with Green Deal funding, and pay back that loan as you would under other types of home improvement (as your energy bills will reduce because you’re using the energy you create on your roof instead of buying it from the grid). The great thing with solar energy is that there is an additional incentive called a feed in tariff, which allows you to earn an income based on the amount of energy you create, and this should repay your investment over time.
It’s a good idea to get expert advice on the likely returns from solar, as everyone’s installation will produce a different return on investment. This depends on things like the direction your roof faces, its elevation and any obstacles in the way of sunlight falling on your roof.
For more information on solar power, check out solarpanelswakefield.co.uk where there’s lots of detail about installation, the feed in tariffs and how to fund the panels.
We’ve got a structured approach to assessing your home for suitability with the Green Deal. First you should call our team and they’ll ask you a few questions to make sure it’s worth arranging a visit from me, or one of my colleagues.
If it’s likely you’ll qualify for work to be completed, we’ll arrange a convenient time to see you, and we’ll need access to your home. We’ll need to take a good look around, as we’ll be trying to identify the weaknesses in your home’s energy efficiency. That usually includes having a look at the loft space (if you have any), and checking for things like drafts around windows. Overall, the assessment will normally take up to an hour, although it can be as short as twenty minutes, depending on what we find.
We know that having a stranger in your home can be unnerving, so please be assured that we’re a friendly bunch, and we’ll explain what we’re doing and why we’re doing it, and of course you’re welcome to follow us around to keep an eye on us!
If you have any questions about what will be happening, please do give us a call, and don’t worry – we’ve probably been asked the same thing lots of times before!