To help stimulate the uptake of renewable technologies in Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) will provide support for wind and solar photovoltaics (PV) following the closure of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme Stream 1 grant for renewable electricity technologies in early February 2010. The following grants are available from the NIE SMART programme which is managed by NIE Energy on behalf of NIE:
|Photovoltaics||£2,000 per kWp or 30% of the relevant eligible costs, whichever is the lesser amount (Max. £10,000)|
|Wind||£900 per kWp or 30% of the relevant eligible costs, whichever is the lesser amount (Max. £4,500)|
Funding will not be available for retrospective installations – only applications submitted from the 8th March 2010 will be eligible for funding from this new grant (PV applications submitted from 19th July 2010 will be eligible for the increased grant levels).
The guidelines for support are available below:
- NIE Household Grant guidelines
- Microgeneration Certification Scheme installers
- Microgeneration Certification Scheme approved products
Please note that NIE does not guarantee or underwrite the performance of any technology and it is your responsibility to ask accredited installers (or the manufacturer) what reassurances they can provide in terms of the expected performance of the system.
Clarification on the position of MCS products which are in transition NIE Energy will consider applications from customers who are using an accredited MCS installer (whose details are listed on the MCS website) and an accredited product (even if it is just noted on the MCS website as being in ‘transition’). We have had confirmation from MCS that products which are in ‘transition’ are at some stage in the MCS certification process but we must advise customers and installers that we will be checking each application with MCS to make sure that the manufacturer of the product is actively engaged in the certification process with MCS. Applications may be refused if, after checking with MCS, it is discovered that a manufacturer is not actively pursuing the MCS certification.
It is your responsibility to check with your local authority about whether or not planning permission is required. Please note that you must have received confirmation about planning permission before submitting an application for grant funding from NIE. If you proceed without planning permission then your application will be invalid and you will not be able to claim a grant.
Please note that farmers who are on a domestic tariff with NIE Energy will be eligible to apply for the grant but farmers who are on a business tariff are not eligible.
Please download an application form here and fill it in carefully – you must sign the application form as your agreement to the terms and conditions of the grant. Link Below.
Please send your completed application form and a copy of your 2 quotes to:
Delta Hamilton NIE Energy Woodchester House 50 Newforge Lane Belfast BT9 5NW
Then please don’t start work until you have had confirmation from NIE Energy that your application has been successful.
If your application is accepted then you will then receive a grant offer letter – households who proceed with the work without having applied and received a NIE grant offer letter will not receive a grant. There will be no exceptions to this requirement.
This new NIE Household Grant is a limited offer and is available only on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Some installations will be profiled to raise awareness of the uptake of renewable energy in Northern Ireland.
All grant administration is managed by NIE Energy so if you require any further information about the grant please contact Delta Hamilton by emailing Delta.Hamilton@nieenergy.co.uk.