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Community Windpower Grants vs Loans

Windpower Grants vs Loans

Windpower Grants vs Loans

Important note – some grants cannot be combined with the Feed-in Tariff

This is really important if you want to ensure that the wind turbine(s) receives the full benefit of the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT), which as this is the single-largest component of the wind turbine income you almost certainly will.

Under the FiT rules, using a publicly-funded windpower grant towards the installation costs of the project will make the site ineligible for the FiT. Although this sounds bad there are exceptions and exemptions so provided you stick to the rules you may be OK.

In particular for wind turbine projects you can use grant money for feasibility-stage and grid reinforcement works. This means that if you secure one of the feasibility grants outlined in the funding section you will be fine, though if you secure more substantial grants towards the main construction works you need to check the rules in detail to make sure you remain eligible for the FiT, or make sure the source of the grant is not publicly-funded money.

The rules regarding grants and eligibility for the FiT are covered in detail in section 2.48 onwards in the ‘Feed-in Tariff: Guidance for renewable installations (Version 6)‘ on the Ofgem website (at the bottom of the page).

The table below indicates whether public windpower grant money can be used in conjuction with the Feed-in-Tariff.

Can public grant money be used in conjunction with FiT?
Yes No
Feasibility studies Site purchase
Planning permission Turbine supply & installation
Grid network reinforcement in the wider area Structural design
Civil works
Grid connection
On-site electrical works

Examples of public grant providers:

  • Defra
  • DECC
  • BIS
  • Councils
  • Energy Saving Trust
  • National Lottery

Our comprehesive list of grants and loans available may help you determine other funding mechanisms for your project.

Want to install a wind turbine?

If you are in the UK then take our Wind Site Self-Assessment - Step 1 of our modular Windpower Feasibility Study. It takes about 20 minutes to work through the basic checks to see if your site might be suitable, including:

  • Estimating wind speed
  • Checking proximity of nearby properties
  • Checking site access and approach roads
  • Investigating connection with the grid

If you are in the Republic of Ireland, or overseas, the first step is to consider our modular Windpower Feasibility Study, so please Contact us to discuss your site further.

Start the process here: Take the Wind Site Self-Assessment