Grants For Solar Panels in Wales
Solar Panel Grants in Wales
100% free solar panel grants in Wales are now available through the government ECO 4 scheme.
Government backed grants for solar panels are now available in Wales through the Energy Company Obligation 4 (ECO4) scheme. ECO 4 is designed to reduce harmful carbon emissions and help vulnerable, low-income Welsh families tackle fuel poverty.
What are solar panels?
Domestic solar PV are panels that are placed on your roof which capture energy from the sun’s rays and convert it into electricity. The electricity is then used to power your home appliances. They are a renewable energy source and don’t produce harmful emissions.
They are becoming increasingly popular as a way to generate cheap, green energy.
Installing a solar PV system on your roof means you can become less reliant on the grid and fluctuating energy prices. And because you are generating your own electricity you can reduce your electricity bills by a substantial amount.
Can I get a grant for solar panels in Wales?
If you’re looking to install solar panels in Wales, you may be interested in learning about the various solar panel grants available to help offset the costs. The Welsh Government offers several grant schemes that can help you fund your solar panel installation project, including the Nest scheme.
The Nest scheme provides free advice, support, and energy-efficient improvements to eligible households. Additionally, the UK government’s Green Homes Grant scheme provides financial support to homeowners for energy-efficient upgrades to their homes, including solar panel installations. By taking advantage of these solar panel grants in Wales, you can reduce your carbon footprint, save money on energy bills, and contribute to a cleaner, more sustainable future.
What is the ECO Grant Scheme?
The ECO 4 grant scheme is part of the UK and Welsh governments environmental commitment to reduce CO2 emissions and help lower-income families in Wales cope with the rising cost of heating their homes.
The ECO scheme runs until March 2026. £4 Billion in grant funding has been put aside by the biggest energy companies to install energy efficiency measures like solar panels, and insulation.
A solar panel installation in Wales can save up to a tonne of carbon and reduce your electricity bills by up to £580 annualy-
Source: Energy Savings Trust
Check eligibility for free solar panel grants in wales
If you live in Wales and a member of your household claims a means tested benefit you may be eligible for free solar panels as part of an ECO 4 grant.
ECO Wales – Solar Panel FAQ’s
01. Is it worth getting solar panels in Wales?
The short answer is yes. It is definitely worth getting solar panels installed if you live in Wales. A typical solar PV installation will generate around 3,000 kWh of electricity.
While according to OFGEM the typical household uses approximately 2,900 kWh of electricity annually.
02. Is my roof suitable for solar panels?
Most roofs in Wales have a pitch of between 30 – 50 Degrees which is ok for solar panels. You should ideally have a part of your roof facing south although SE and SW are suitable for solar PV installs. There may be other considerations such as shading and trees which must be taken into account.
03. Do I need planning permission for solar panels?
In most cases fitting solar panels to your roof is seen as a permitted development so no plannning permission is required. Although there are circumstances where permission would be required such as in conservation areas or listed buildings.
04. Are solar batteries installed through the ECO scheme?
ECO grants for solar panels only cover the cost of a solar panel installation so solar batteries are not provided. Although you can add this yourself at a later date. But even without a solar battery you can still reduce your bills by up to 70% by generating your own electricity.
How do I apply for free solar panels in Wales?
Applying for a solar PV grant in Wales is straightforward. There is no lengthy application process and no complicated forms. If you are eligible we do all the work for you and claim the grant funding from our ECO funder.
01. Check your eligibility for an ECO grant?
Check your eligibility for a grant by filling in a few details about you and your property.
02. Arrange a roof survey
If you are eligible we will contact you to arrange a free home survey. A surveyor will visit your home and check your roof. They will also look at your heating and insulation to see if they need upgraded.
If your home has inadeuate ventilation this can also be upgraded. The cost will be covered by the grant scheme.
03. Installing your solar PV panels
The installer will then arrange a date to fit the your solar panels on your roof free of charge.
After the installation is complete we claim the money for the ECO grant back from one of our dedicated funders.