Although the Highlands have some of the lowest average temperatures in the country they are still more than adequate for Heat Pumps. Both Ground Source Heat Pumps and Air Source Heat Pumps will still operate effectively, and some to temperatures as low are -15° or -20°C!
There are still sufficient hours of sunshine to operate solar systems such as Solar thermal water heating. Because Solar Electricity (PV) panels do not need direct sun to generate electricity that can still work well here.
Wind speeds are high and this is one of the optimum regions for generating wind power, but local factors will play a huge part in determining a site suitability, it is best to test the area (ideally for at least a year) before starting your project.
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Find an installer in the Highlands
For most energy saving solutions you will need to have an MCS accredited installer fit the system in order to qualify for the relevant government grant or subsidy, particularly the Feed-In Tariff or the Renewable Heat Incentive and RHPP.
Grant and subsidies in the Highlands
There are a number of grants and subsidies available to anyone that is trying to reduce the use of energy in their home. Typically they are available to anyone but depend on the technology you install, such as the FiT or the RHI, and for others there are grants that vary according to you circumstances or where you live, such as the ECO (Energy Company Obligation) and .