Government extends green incentives eligibility

The Government has backtracked on plans to only allow households with an energy efficiency rating of C or above to apply for green incentives.

In response to advice from industry experts, Decc has agreed that homes with a rating of level D or higher will now be eligible to apply for green incentives, such as the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) scheme, which saw subsidies cut from December last year.

As a result of the changes, half of UK homeowners will now qualify for green financial incentives from FITs, but have until April 1 2012 to make the most of the subsidies.

Solar panel company BSOLAR managing director Peter Bladen, said: “This is welcome news for homeowners and it’s good to see the Government is listening to the industry.

“However for those in old properties which may not even meet the Cat D energy efficiency rating, I’d advise them to install panels now before the changes come into effect in April.”

Carys Matthews

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