BUS – Boiler Upgrade Scheme

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Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) – Explained

With £450 million of grant funding being available over the next three years from 2022 to 2025, the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) supports the decarbonisation of heat in buildings by providing upfront capital grants to support the installation of heat pumps and biomass boilers in homes and non-domestic buildings in England and Wales.

Acting on behalf of you, the property owner, Alliance Energy Solutions can apply for:

  • £5000 off the cost and installation of an air source heat pump
  • £5000 off the cost and installation of a biomass boiler
  • £6000 off the cost and installation of a ground source heat pump, including water source heat pumps

VAT – 0% Rate

Another incentive is that from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2027, there is 0% VAT on the installation of energy-saving materials including heat pumps and biomass boilers.

So, how does the scheme work?

Designed to make the process as easy as possible for you the homeowner, the scheme is ‘installer-led’ meaning that upon receiving your consent, Alliance Energy Solutions will perform the four following steps on your behalf.

  1. Make a BUS application on your behalf
  2. Liaise with Ofgem in relation to any matters relating to the scheme
  3. Notify Ofgem that we have installed your heating system
  4. Claim the grant monies from Ofgem at the end of the project

We are responsible for passing on the discount the BUS grant provides, and this will be reflected clearly in the quotation we provide to you, this following your enquiry and the technical survey we have carried out at your property.

Eligibility – Property, EPC, Product

The scheme is open to domestic and small non-domestic properties in England and Wales.
New build properties are not eligible for the scheme, except for certain ‘self-builds’.

Likewise, properties that have previously received funding or assurance for a biomass boiler or heat pump aren’t either, these in addition to social housing properties.

The property must have an EPC that was granted within the last 10 years.

BUS grants are only available for air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps (including water source heat pumps and those on shared ground loops) and biomass boilers.

Hybrid heat pump systems, for example a combination of a fossil fuel boiler and air source heat pump, are not eligible.

The new heating system must:

  • have been commissioned (that is, installed and fully checked by your installer) on or after 1 April 2022
  • be capable of meeting the full space heating and hot water requirements of your property
  • replace an existing fossil fuel or electric heating system
  • not replace an existing low-carbon heating system
  • meet certain technical standards, such as minimum efficiency requirements (your installer can advise you on these, or you can learn about them yourself in chapter 2 of BUS: installer guidance)

In addition, biomass boilers:

  • can only be installed in rural properties
  • can only be installed in properties with no connection to the gas grid

Loft or Cavity Wall Insulation Recommendations

If your EPC has recommendations for loft or cavity wall insulation, then this will need to be installed and a new EPC generated by the time we claim the grant at the end of the project.

Alliance Energy Solutions can assist in installing any of these required insulation measures to the highest of standards.

Contact to arrange a chat and survey

We’re here to guide and help you through every stage of the process.

If you’re looking to take advantage of the BOILER UPGRADE SCHEME (£5,000 grant available) then after confirming your eligibility, we’ll attend your property to discuss your requirements and carry out a technical survey. From this we’ll provide a proposal with recommendations, pricing and finance options available to you.

RECC – Renewable Energy Consumer Code

We’re members of RECC – Renewable Energy Consumer Code with Membership Certification No. 00072773. Obtain a better understanding of the benefits to you the consumer Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC)

Alliance Energy Solutions Ltd is an introducer appointed representative of Phoenix Financial Consultants Limited (“Phoenix”). Phoenix is a credit broker that is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Financial Services Register No. 539195) which offers finance for home improvement projects from its panel of lenders. All finance subject to status and credit checks.