Government Grants for Heat Pumps in the United Kingdom

A clear expansion of the heat pump market is taking place in Europe. One element of the expansion of the heat pump sector is government financial support.

In the UK there is the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS). The BUS supports the decarbonization of heat in buildings. It provides upfront capital grants to support the installation of heat pumps and biomass boilers in homes and non-domestic buildings in England and Wales.

Acting on behalf of property owners, installers can apply for:

£5000 off the cost and installation of an air source heat pump

£5000 off the cost and installation of a biomass boiler

£6000 off the cost and installation of a ground source heat pump, including water source heat pumps.

£450 million of grant funding is available over three years from 2022 to 2025.

Installer Finder

For a heating system to be eligible under BUS, it must be installed by an installer certified by the Microgeneration Certification Service (MCS).

An interesting solution is a search engine of installers, which can prevent the consumer from choosing an unqualified installer. The search currently lists 2,361 clean energy installers in the UK.

The search engine includes installers of major clean energy solutions:

  • Air Source Heat Pump
  • Biomass
  • Gas Absorption Heat Pump
  • Micro CHP
  • Solar PV
  • Wind
  • Battery Storage
  • Exhaust Air Heat Pump
  • Ground/Water Source Heat Pump
  • Solar Assisted Heat Pump
  • Solar Thermal.

Such a tool in other countries would increase the safety of clean energy installations and reduce risks.


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