Sustainable Warmth Grants
We know that installing retrofit measures can sometimes be expensive. To help with this, we’ve set up a series of grants to help install a range of energy efficiency improvements in eligible homes.
Householders in Solihull who live in energy inefficient properties may be able to benefit from a grant of up to £10,000* to cover the cost of installing a range of energy efficiency improvements to their home.
*A limited number of households below a certain income threshold may be entitled to a grant of up to £25,000 if the property is not heated by gas and the house is very energy inefficient.
Measures available to Solihull residents could include:
- External wall insulation (EWI)
- Cavity insulation
- Loft insulation
- Door improvements
- Smart heating controls
- Solar panels
Eligible households who are chosen to take part in the scheme will receive a free energy survey. The survey will recommend measures which will make the biggest energy efficiency improvements.
Please note not all households who receive an energy survey will necessarily receive a grant.
Who can receive a grant?
Householders may be eligible if all the following apply:
1) The household's annual income (before tax) is under £31,000, or if you live in certain postcodes - please refer to this list of postcodes that are exempt from the income threshold
2) The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of the property is E, F, or G*.
3) You own and occupy your home or rent your property from a private landlord.
*Contact Act on Energy for information about EPC’s. If you are a homeowner, we may be able to arrange an EPC for you.
Homeowners - If you meet the eligibility criteria you may be able to receive a grant of up to £10,000 to make energy efficiency improvements to your property. You are not required to make a contribution towards the works.
Landlords - If your tenants meet the eligibility criteria and want to take part in the scheme you may be able to receive a grant equivalent of two thirds of the total cost of the energy improvement measures up to a maximum of £5,000.
Tenants - You can submit an Expression of Interest but you will need the support of your landlord who will need to make a contribution to the works. Please contact Act on Energy for more information.
How to apply?
In the first instance you should contact Act on Energy, the Council’s trusted energy partner on freephone number 0800 988 2881.
If you are eligible for a potential grant, they will invite you to complete a short expression of interest form.
About the scheme
Sustainable Warmth is delivered by Solihull Council in partnership with Act on Energy and the Midlands Energy Hub. Sustainable Warmth is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and combines the Local Authority Delivery (LAD) Phase 3 and the Home Upgrade Grant (HUG) Phase 1:
The scheme aims to raise the energy efficiency of low-income and low EPC rated homes including those living in the most inefficient off-gas grid homes, delivering progress towards: reducing fuel poverty, phasing out high carbon fossil fuel heating and the UK's commitment to net zero by 2050.
Households that are eligible for support through the scheme can benefit from the installation of a range of measures, which can reduce and prevent heat and energy loss in the home, reduce fuel bills, as well as support switches to renewable sources of energy.
Sustainable Warmth Elmdon - Place Based Approach
In partnership with the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), more than 300 homes in Elmdon, Solihull and Foleshill, Coventry will benefit from deep retrofit measures, free of charge. £2.86m has been secured from the Sustainable Warmth Competition to fund the improvements. Engagement with eligible residents is already underway. By taking a place based approach, it's hoped this will create a whole community full of energy efficient, cost saving, low carbon houses.
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