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Go green and reduce your energy costs with government grants for solar panels.

What could be better than a way to save energy, help the environment and increase your home’s value? It’s easy to see why homeowners want to install solar panels. And installing them doesn’t have to break the bank, as you can get help applying for solar panel funding through free grants from Zing Energy.

Just start with our free online application. You’ll get the benefits of our bespoke, complete solar panels service. We’ll help you apply for solar grants, survey your home and take care of the installation – no hassle needed!

  • Trusted by homeowners and local authorities
  • Expert advisors who know the ins and outs of grants
  • Guarantees on workmanship and materials
  • Qualified, skilled installation and technical teams

Solar panel grants made easy

Everyone loves saving on energy bills. And who’d say no to boosting your home’s value and helping the planet too? Given all these upsides, solar panels are a fantastic addition for many homes.

If you’re a homeowner or landlord, you might be aware that there are government schemes for solar panel grants. It’s not so easy, though, to know whether those solar panel grants are available to you, let alone how to apply. What’s more, you’ll want to ensure your solar panels are installed by technicians who really know what they’re doing.

That’s exactly why Zing Energy specialises in a complete service that helps homeowners use government grants for solar panels to improve their homes. Tailoring our advice to your requirements, we handle it all, from surveying the property, helping you complete the application and performing the installation.

What solar panels grants are available?

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme is a significant solar panel grant source, offering support especially to low income households. At Zing Energy, we’re experts in two grant schemes that provide funding for installing solar panels:

  • The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, which is now in its fourth stage, called ECO4
  • The Home Upgrade Grant scheme

Both of these schemes provide grants for various energy-saving home improvements, including free solar panel systems.

Am I eligible for government grants for solar panels?

The requirements for the ECO4 scheme and the Home Upgrade Grant are different. With Zing Energy at your side, you can navigate them with ease.

Eco Scheme

Eligibility for an ECO4 scheme solar panels grant is simple. There are two aspects:

  1. 1

    The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of the property must be E, F or G.

  2. 2

    At least one person living in the home must receive benefits within the Help to Heat benefits group.

Help to Heat benefits group, encompasses these benefits:

  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Income related Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit (PCGC)
  • Working Tax Credit (WTC)
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC)
  • Universal Credit (UC)
  • Housing Benefit
  • Pension Credit Savings Credit (PCSC)
  • Child Benefit (within income caps)

This makes the ECO4 scheme particularly beneficial for low income households seeking to improve their home’s energy efficiency. If you’re uncertain about your eligibility based on benefits, you can take a look at Ofgem’s FAQs about benefits and eligibility – or complete a quick, free application with Zing Energy.

Home Upgrade Grant

The home upgrade grant has different eligibility requirements. One difference is that it’s based on household income rather than benefits received. Some of the criteria are:

  • The property must not be connected to the mains gas grid
  • The income of the household should be under £31,000 gross per year
  • The property must be rated between D and G on its Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
  • The location of the property must be in a HUG 2 Local authority area (find eligible local authorities on Gov.uk.)

What are EPC ratings?

Each time a property changes hands by being sold or rented, the buyer or renter receives an EPC. The EPC details the energy efficiency rating of the property from A to G, where A is the most efficient and G is the least efficient. The EPC also outlines potential energy costs and how the home’s energy efficiency could be improved. If you’d like to look at your home’s EPC, you can find your EPC online.

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Not sure about your eligibility?

There are a lot of details to consider when you’re wondering about your eligibility for grants for solar panels. UK energy consumers have another option, though – you can just fill out our quick application, and we’ll do the work for you.

Are free solar panels a good idea for your property?

Want to join the renewable revolution and upgrade your home to protect against future energy hikes? Installing solar panels is a key energy efficiency measure that can transform how your home uses and generates electricity. Solar PV is one solution to achieving energy independence, helping you transition into a renewable technology. Zing has a long heritage in solar and we can advise you on the best way to generate electricity and save money.

Perks of solar panels:

  • Energy from Renewables: Solar panels generate clean and renewable energy, reducing carbon emissions and air pollution. Using this form of energy means you’re contributing to a greener, more sustainable future.
  • Increase Property Value: If your home is equipped with a solar panel system, it may be attractive to environmentally conscious homebuyers who see them as a valuable addition and be willing to pay more for your home.
  • Energy Protection: Solar PV systems provide your home with a sustainable energy solution, whereby producing your own energy will not only reduce carbon emissions and lower your energy bills, but also protect you against rising energy costs.
  • Low Maintenance: Solar panels require minimal maintenance. Periodic cleaning to remove dirt and debris is recommended, plus using a solar cleaning contractor once a year to inspect the condition of the solar panels.
  • Lower Energy Bills: Using daylight to generate your own energy is essentially free and eradicates the need to rely on your energy suppliers or supplier electricity tariffs. Plus, you can sell any surplus energy produced back to the grid.

Why pick Zing Energy to help get your free solar power panels?

Solar power panels are greener, more affordable and offer easy upkeep. But after a decision to go green and applying for grants for solar power, some UK homeowners may not know where to turn next. Take a closer look at what makes Zing Energy your best choice when applying for solar panel grants.

We’ve worked with thousands of clients, including local authorities and housing associations, to help get energy-saving measures put into place in homes. That means we know all about the government’s eco schemes and how your home can be made greener and more energy efficient.

  • Beginning-to-end, tailored service including installation and grant applications

    Once you’ve filled out our application, you’ve got our help on your side all the way through to solar panel installation and aftercare. We shape our expert advice to fit your needs, ensuring your application has everything it needs to get your free solar panel. Then our installation pros help your solar panel dreams turn into a reality.

  • Nine years of energy-saving grant expertise

    We’ve worked with thousands of clients, including local authorities and housing associations, to help get energy-saving measures put into place in homes. That means we know all about the government’s eco schemes and how your home can be made greener and more energy efficient.

  • Professional and qualified service

    We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service throughout the process of applying for and installing free solar panels. That’s why our technicians and engineers are qualified and insured professionals who put your needs first. Additionally, we’re registered with CHAS, SafeContractor, Trustmark and more.

  • High-quality products

    We ensure the solar panels we provide you are from leading brands and built to last. With correct, qualified installation and minor maintenance, solar panels can be expected to last 25 years or more.

  • Peace of mind with insurance and a workmanship guarantee

    Our customer service doesn’t end once your solar panels are installed. We’re still here to help with aftercare if needed. In addition to manufacturers’ warranties on products, our workmanship is fully insured and guaranteed for 12 months.

How we help you get free solar panels



We will Survey your property



Check if you qualify for a Grant



Install energy saving solutions



Reducing your energy bills

Start looking for your free solar panel schemes now

The bottom line: at Zing Energy, we’re here to help you handle all the details when it comes down to applying for free solar panel grants. Just start with our easy and simple application.

Solar Panels Grants FAQs

Provided your roof is in good condition, you won’t need to replace your existing roof when installing a new solar panel system. However, if your roof is showing signs of damage and its structural integrity is compromised, we suggest installing a new roof before any solar PV works can be carried out. As part of the surveying process at Zing Energy, we will assess the roof condition free of charge.

The majority of our solar PV installations do not require any form of planning application as they are regarded as permitted development. However, in some circumstances it may be necessary to submit a planning application. This is particularly applicable for houses that are ‘listed’, located in conservation areas or are in a part of the country where permitted development rights do not apply. If in doubt, speak to your local authority planning department for advice.

The best way to know whether your roof is suitable for free solar panels is to have our free no-obligation technical survey. However, in general you want your roof to receive sun rather than being constantly in shade. Solar panels can be fitted onto roofs at most angles, although about 30-45° typically works best. Plus, you need sufficient roof space for your solar PV panels.

Solar panels are durable products designed to withstand varying weather conditions. Typically, they will last up to 25+ years, with top of the range models offering an even greater life span. Solar panels also require little to no maintenance, with just a simple clean recommended each year. Providing the panels are installed correctly and are kept in good condition, they should operate efficiently for many years to come.

If you generate surplus electricity, it can be sold back to the national grid, offering financial benefits as well as energy independence. This is all made possible through the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) scheme, introduced by the UK Government in 2020. However, due to the current cost of electricity, to maximise this excess energy, you could also consider installing a Solar Battery system, which will store excess electricity energy for later use.

Our services extend beyond solar panels to include a variety of energy efficiency measures. We’re also experienced with cavity wall insulation grants, external wall insulation grants, flat roof insulation grants, loft insulation grants and internal wall insulation grants, among others.

Our goal is to reduce fuel poverty for households across the UK and help homeowners make beneficial energy efficiency improvements.

We help homeowners and landlords with solar panel grant scheme applications and installations across Wales, the Midlands and the South West. If you live within these regions, check if you qualify for funding through the application process now.

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