Western Isles

Despite being some of the most exposed and dramatic parts of the country the Western Isles still have enough sunshine for well positioned solar energy solutions, such as Solar thermal water heating and Solar Electricity (PV) electric panels in particular.

With high winds speeds all over the islands they are likely to be well suited to the use of wind turbines, however you should confirm local conditions and also get the go ahead from you planning office.

Despite their northern location the Western Isles are well suited to the use of heat pumps as they are surprisingly mild for their northerly position and have relatively high average minimum daily temperatures, even in winter. Both Air Source Heat Pumpsand Ground Source Heat Pumps and pool cleaning service will work well is properly fitted.

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Ensure that you have an MCS accredited installer fit your micro-generation system. You need this in order to qualify for the grants or subsidies offered by the government, like the Feed-In Tariff or the Renewable Heat Incentive and RHPP.

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Grant and subsidies in the Western Isles

The government is encouraging the use of renewable energy in domestic homes and has therefore created a number of schemes to encourage you to fit a suitable ‘green’ solution. These included the Feed-In Tariff or the Renewable Heat Incentive and RHPP, or there is the ECO (Energy Company Obligation) which pays for the installation of insulation in your home.