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The government has committed to legally binding carbon reduction targets. Therefore to help incentivise this there are schemes to help you save money. They are as follows


To gain access to any of the Government incentives available, the installation must abide by the Governments Microgeneration Certification Scheme. The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)  is a guarantee to the customer that the installations carried under the scheme will be to a recognised standard of competence. As a result, for a renewable installation to be eligible for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme or the Smart Export Guarantee, it must be undertaken by an MCS Installer using equipment certified under the scheme.


The Boiler Upgrade Scheme

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) is a government financial incentive to encourage a switch to renewable heating systems. It provides a one off payment of either £5,000 or £6,000 depending on technology chosen to help pay for the upfront costs. It’s a way to help the UK reduce its carbon emissions.


The Boiler Upgrade Scheme is for heating systems in single homes. The renewable heating system would need to be in a property capable of getting a domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).  The EPC is used as proof that the levels of insulation within the property are up to standard. This primarily looks at loft and cavity wall insulation. If you cannot insulate your loft or your cavity walls, because you have solid walls as an example, then you will need to provide supporting evidence within your application.  Providing you meet the eligibility criteria your chosen installer will make an application on your behalf. Self build properties are eligible but new builds aren’t.

The eligible renewable heating system types for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme are:


For more information on the Boiler Upgrade Scheme please go to Boiler Upgrade Scheme – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

SEG – Smart Export Guarentee

The SEG launched on 1 January 2020 and is a government-backed initiative. The SEG requires some electricity suppliers to pay small-scale generators for low-carbon electricity which they export back to the National Grid, providing certain criteria are met.

Each electricity supplier will determine the rate at which they will individuals for the electric that they export and also the length of the contract so it is worth shopping around to make sure you get the best deal. Most suppliers will insist on the installation having be installed by an MCS installer to ensure the work was carried out to a high standard.



At present, a rate of 0% VAT is currently available for installation of renewable systems including solar PV, solar thermal and heat pumps. The VAT rate will stay at 0% until 31st March 2027 when it will revert back to 5% subject to the 60% threshold test.

For further information and if you have any questions about the incentive schemes and your eligibility, please contact one of our team at energy BY DESIGN.


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