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DEFRA introduces new solar grant for farmers.

January 17, 2024

Farmers in England who wish to install solar panels can now apply for financial support under round 2 of the Improving Farm Productivity grant

The grant – open to all farmers and horticulturalists – will begin accepting applications in early 2024, and will allow farming businesses to apply for support to cover 25% of a solar PV project.; the minimum amount of funding is £15,000 and the maximum is £100,000

The funding can be used for roof-mounted or irrigation reservoir-mounted solar arrays providing that the power is mainly used to run the farming operation. The funding cannot be used for ground-mounted solar systems, north-facing roofs or systems in heavily-shaded areas.

Eligible items include:

  • Solar PV panels
  • Batteries
  • Inverters
  • Grid connection
  • Power diverters (redirects excess solar energy to power storage (for example heat stores) 

 Items which are not eligible include:

  • Ground-mounted solar systems 
  • Replacement or reinforcement of roofs
  • Construction of farm buildings
  • Upgrading of existing solar panels

To discuss a project on your farm call BeBa Energy today.