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Renewable Energy: Housing

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what maximum grant was available to individual households under the low carbon buildings programme for (A) solar photovoltaics, (b) wind turbines, (c) small hydro, (d) solar thermal hot water, (e) ground source heat pumps, (f) biomass room heaters and stoves and (g) wood-fuelled boiler systems in (i) 2006 and (ii) 2007. (202192)

The maximum grants available to individual households under the low carbon grants scheme in 2006 and 2007 were as follows:

Level of grant up to 31 March 2007

Product

Percentage grant available (Percentages relate to eligible costs)

Solar Photovoltaics

To 31 March 2007:Maximum 3,000 per kWp installed up to a maximum of £15,000 subject to an overall 50 per cent. limit of the installed cost (exclusive of VAT).

Wind turbines

Maximum £1,000 per kW installed, up to a maximum of £5,000 subject to an overall 30 per cent. limit of the installed cost (exclusive of VAT)

Small hydro

Maximum £1,000 per kW installed, up to a maximum of £5,000 subject to an overall 30 per cent. limit of the installed cost (exclusive of VAT)

Solar thermal hot water

Maximum £400 regardless of size subject to an overall 30 per cent. limit (exclusive of VAT)

Ground/water/air source heat pumps

Maximum £1,200 regardless of size subject to an overall 30 per cent. limit (exclusive of VAT)

Bio-energy:

1 .Room Heater/Stoves automated wood pellet feed

Maximum £600 regardless of size subject to an overall 20 per cent. limit (exclusive of VAT)

2. Wood fuelled boiler systems

Maximum £1,500 regardless of size subject to an overall 30 per cent. limit (exclusive of VAT)

The grant levels from May 2007 to date are as follows:

Levels of grant post 31March 2007

Technology

Maximum Amount of Grant

Solar photovoltaics

Maximum of £2,000 per kW of installed capacity, subject to an overall maximum of £2,500 or 50 per cent. of the relevant eligible costs, whichever was the lower.

Wind turbines

Maximum of £1,000 per kW of installed capacity, subject to an overall maximum of £2,500 or 30 per cent. of the relevant eligible costs, whichever was the lower

Small hydro

Maximum of £1,000 per kW of installed capacity, subject to an overall maximum of £2,500 or 30 per cent. of the relevant eligible costs, whichever was the lower

Solar thermal hot water

Overall maximum of £400 or 30 per cent. of the relevant eligible costs, whichever was the lower.

Ground source heat

Overall maximum of £1,200 or 30 per cent. of the relevant eligible costs, whichever was the lower.

Automated wood pellet fed room heaters/stoves

Overall maximum of £600 or 20 per cent. of the relevant eligible costs, whichever was the lower.

Wood fuelled boiler

Overall maximum of £1,500 or 30per cent. of the relevant eligible costs, whichever was the lower

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what maximum grant will be available to individual households under the low carbon buildings programme for (a) solar photovoltaics, (b) wind turbines, (c) small hydro, (d) solar thermal hot water, (e) ground source heat pumps, (f) biomass room heaters and stoves and (g) wood-fuelled boiler systems in (i) 2008, (ii) 2009 and (iii) 2010. (202193)

From May 2007 to date under the low carbon buildings programme household stream the current maximum grant per household is £2,500. The specific grant levels are set out on the low carbon buildings programme website:

http://www.lowcarbonbuildings.org.uk/how/householders/

There are no plans to change the grant cap or the grant levels. The programme has been extended to June 2010 or until funds are exhausted whichever comes sooner. We will continue to monitor uptake to the domestic stream going forward.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his Department's expenditure on grants for households under the low carbon buildings programme for (a) solar photovoltaics, (b) wind turbines, (c) small hydro, (d) solar thermal hot water, (e) ground source heat pumps, (f) biomass room heaters and stoves and (g) wood-fuelled boiler systems was in (i) 2006 and (ii) 2007. (202194)

Under the low carbon buildings programme household stream the total grants paid in 2006 was £1,012,021 and £5,218,922 in 2007.

Further information and breakdown of grants paid for each technology is available on the low carbon buildings programme website:

http://www.lowcarbonbuildings.org.uk/info/stats/

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many grants were allocated to households by his Department under the low carbon buildings programme for (a) solar photovoltaics, (b) wind turbines, (c) small hydro, (d) solar thermal hot water, (e) ground source heat pumps, (f) biomass room heaters and stoves and (g) wood-fuelled boiler systems was in (i) 2006 and (ii) 2007. (202195)

Under the low carbon buildings programme household stream the total value of grant committed in 2006 was £4,560,706 and £2,662,791 in 2007.

Further information and breakdown of grants paid for each technology is available on the low carbon buildings programme website

http://www.lowcarbonbuildings.org.uk/info/stats/

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his Department's budget for household grants under the low carbon buildings programme for (a) solar photovoltaics, (b) wind turbines, (c) small hydro, (d) solar thermal hot water, (e) ground source heat pumps, (f) biomass room heaters and stoves and (g) wood-fuelled boiler systems is for (i) 2008 (ii) 2009 and (iii) 2010. (202196)

The Low Carbon Buildings Programme (LCBP) Phase 1 has a £36 million budget over three years. We did not set yearly allocations or specific amounts of funding for individual technologies.

The programme has been extended to June 2010 (or until funds are exhausted whichever comes sooner) with the remaining £10 million budget covering the range of technologies.