Grants Could Be Available For Renewable Sources

Solar panels on St Agnes school

Islanders who would like grants for new home heating sources are being asked to attend a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday August the 29th.

ISREC and Low Carbon Scilly, who promote conversion to sustainable energy practises, hope there’ll be enough demand for them to apply for government cash from the renewable heat premium payment scheme.

If they are successful in securing funding, £6,000 could be offered to householders for ground source heat pumps, £4,400 for air source heat pumps, £5,200 for biomass or wood burners and £2,000 for solar thermal systems.

Lisa Magill-Brown attended a seminar in London with government representatives earlier in the summer. She’s hopeful that Scilly will be successful because the islands meet key criteria, with no mains gas and recognised deprivation.

Lisa says her group wants to see whether there’s demand from around 30 homes on the islands. If there isn’t there is no point proceeding.

You can contact Lisa, Patrick Brown, Jonathan Smith or David Senior for more information.

The Town Hall meeting is at 7pm on August 29th, and ISREC will hear whether they’ve been successful on 7th September.