University of Strathclyde Biomass Installation Feasibility Tool


Funding options


Name Requirements Grant Value

Low Carbon Buildings Program Phase 2

Public Sector - schools, hospitals, housing associations, local authorities and charitable bodies
Boilers up to 50 kW

Up to 30% of installation costs.
Low Carbon Buildings Program Phase 1

Residential Building
You must have insulated the whole loft of the property to meet current
building regulations e.g. 270mm of mineral wool loft insulation or suitable
You must have installed cavity wall insulation throughout the property where
practicable (i.e. where the property does have cavity walls);
You must use low energy light bulbs in appropriate light fittings in all the main
rooms (i.e. kitchen, hallway and all main living rooms) in the property;
You must have installed basic controls for your central heating system (if any),
including controls that ensure your boiler only operates when there is a demand
for heat and a programmer or timer for the property as a whole.

Up to 30% of the installation costs or 1,500 pounds. The lowest value
Highland and Island Enterprises Communities in the Highlands and Islands Community associations, enterprises, development trusts and groups

Funding is divided into 4 phases, each one with its own funding values
Start Up - Up to 2,000 Pounds
Feasibility - Up to 15,000 Pounds
Pre-Planning - Up to 50,000 Pounds
Post-Planning - Up to 200,000 Pounds

Energy Saving Trust - Communities

The basic premise is that applicants must be Scotland based, legally constituted, non-profit distributing community groups:
local/national voluntary, non-profit and charitable organisations
local rural partnerships
local authorities
housing associations
local enterprise companies
companies limited by guarantee
Universities and schools

The grant is divided into two categories:
Technical assistance funding: available to support non-capital projects, such as feasibility or scooping studies and capacity building within a community. The maximum grant is £10,000.
Capital grants: contribute to the capital costs of a project. The maximum grant is £100,000.

Energy Saving Trust - Householders The system must be designed, installed and commissioned by an approved installer using approved system components Funding for householders is set at 30% of the installed cost of a renewable measure up to £4,000
Bio-energy Capital Grants Scheme

Round 3 of the Bio-energy Capital Grants Scheme was launched in December 2006 with a 10 week application window which closed in March 2007.
Defra intends to run further rounds of the scheme. The details are likely to be broadly similar to round 3.
The round was open to applications from the industrial, commercial and community sectors. "Community" included local authorities, schools, etc. There was no targeting of any particular technology or sector.

The minimum award limit was £25,000 and the maximum single award was £1m. Higher awards were possible for multiple or bundled applications.
ScottishPower Green Energy Trust

The ScottishPower Green Energy Trust supports the development of small scale community based environmental and educational renewable energy projects.
The Trust does not support applications that will benefit only private companies, individual or government bodies.

The Trust provides up to 50 per cent of the project cost, up to a maximum of £25,000.
Environmental Transformation Fund

The domestic ETF brings together Defra’s and BERR’s existing low carbon technology funding programmes together with a number of new investments to begin in 2008/09
The Environmental Transformation Fund itself will not be open for funding requests. Instead, schemes funded by the ETF, such as those operated by the Carbon Trust and BERR, will be publicised via their websites and in the usual ways when funding becomes available.

On 21 February 2008 Hilary Benn announced the first set of new schemes to be funded from Defra’s element of the domestic ETF
47.4m for the Carbon Trust’s technology programmes in 2008/09
£10m in 2008/09 for new rounds of the Bio-energy Capital Grants and Bio-energy Infrastructure Schemes
Around £10m over three years for projects that demonstrate the potential of anaerobic digestion technologies at commercial scale

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