UK Trust Offers Generous Solar Rebates

The UK’s Energy Saving Trust revealed the huge potential for UK homes to become energy-independent and self-sufficient by investing in renewable energy alternatives.

London, England – March 24, 2004 [] In England alone, if all of the new residential homes needed to be built before 2010 were fitted with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, they could generate a ý92 million (US$ 170 million) worth of electricity from nothing more than sunlight – the equivalent to powering 302,000 homes for a year, said the Trust. As a result, the group said domestic PV installations would be able to deliver 4 percent of the total electricity required to be generated from renewable sources by 2010. “The UK’s solar potential is enormous, but action is required from all of us to deliver on a challenging target,” said Philip Sellwood, Chief Executive of the Energy Saving Trust. “Photovoltaics could easily be installed on the thousands of new houses being built across the UK and we’re working with homeowners – as well as planners and developers – to make this happen.” To help homeowners unlock this potential, the Energy Saving Trust is offering them grants of up to 50 percent of the total installation costs and has developed a new online guide to explain the benefits of installing PV. Dubbed, “Green Spring Clean”, the guide can be downloaded from the link at the end of the story. “Homeowners have a vital role to play in meeting the UK’s carbon reduction target – each domestic photovoltaic installation contributes to the Government’s aim of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 60 per ent by 2050,” Sellwood said. The news follows the allocation of an extra ý5 million (US$9.2 million) worth of funding – in addition to an original ý20 million (US$37 million) – from the Department of Trade and Industry to help both homeowners and homebuilders co-finance photovoltaic systems. “Grants have already helped a raft of people to generate their own electricity,” said Kirk Archibald, Photovoltaic Program Manager at the Energy Saving Trust. “Additional funding will help even more people install solar photovoltaics and invest in sustainable energy generation that does not produce carbon dioxide – one of the largest contributors to climate change.”
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