Grant schemes for low carbon and renewable energy systems installation

Low Carbon Buildings Programme and Community Renewables Grants

Community Renewables Grants

There are a number of grant schemes available to cover part of the costs of installing solar thermal, solar photovoltaics, wind turbines, small scale hydro turbines, ground and air source heat pumps, wood fuelled boilers or pellet boilers. Two of the schemes below are managed by BRE, one of which has closed to new applicaitons in May this year. Products approved for installation under these schemes are certified by BRE Global as part of the UK Microgeneration Certification Scheme.

Grants available

The Community Sustainable Energy Programme (CSEP) is an open grants programme run by BRE, an award partner of the Big Lottery Fund. Part of the Fund's Changing Spaces programme, CSEP has been set up to help not-for-profit community based organisations in England to reduce their energy bills and environmental impact. Both capital and project development grants are available under this scheme. Capital grants are available for the purchase and installation of a range of low carbon technologies such as solar water heating, photovoltaics or wood fuelled boilers, along with various energy efficiency measures such as cavity wall insulation. Project Development Grants are available for feasibility studies. See

Low Carbon Building Programme – LCBP – Programme Closed

The Low Carbon Buildings Programme is now closed. The programme provided grants for the acquisition and installation of Microgeneration technology in homes, schools, public buildings and other not-for-profit projects.

LCBP was a major government grant funding programme and provided approximately £131 million in grants for around 20,000 projects between 2006 and 2010.

Basic aggregated statistical information will be become available shortly.

The programme is providing a wealth of information including case studies, real operational information, statistics and video material to help designers, planners, architects, local government, academics and others in the use and operation of Microgeneration technology. The relevant links will be added shortly.

The technologies covered by LCBP are;



Solar Photovoltaics (Solar PV)

Electricity Generation

Micro Wind Turbines

Electricity Generation


Electricity Generation

Solar Thermal (ST)

Heat Generation

Ground-Source Heat Pumps (GSHP)

Heat Generation

Air-Source Heat Pumps (ASHP)

Heat Generation

Wood Pellet Stoves

Heat Generation

Wood-Fuelled Boilers

Heat Generation

LCBP provides information about ‘New Build’ and ‘Retro-Fit’ applications

LCBP was run by Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) and the grant programmes were administered through:

Phase 1(LCBP-1) - Energy Savings Trust (EST) see

Phase 2 (LCBP-2) - Buildings Research Establishment (BRE) see

Phase-1 statistics will follow shortly.

Phase-2 concentrated on schools, churches, community projects and grants for other not-for-profit organisations. Approximately 2,700 such grants were awarded. A number of case studies will become available shortly.

If you have an enquiry about Phase 2 of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme, please call 08704 23 23 13 or email



Certified products

Details of certified products for the following technologies: solar thermal, solar photovoltaics, wind turbines, small scale hydro turbines, ground source heat pumps, wood fuelled boilers and pellet boilers and be found in the BRE Global Green Book which can be seen online at Certification of products is undertaken by the UK Microgeneration Certification Scheme, run by BRE Global, a part of the BRE Group.