Majority of Brits ‘unaware of solar energy support’

A majority of people (61%) in Britain are not aware they can get financial support from the Government for installing solar panels, according to a new survey. With 81% of […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A majority of people (61%) in Britain are not aware they can get financial support from the Government for installing solar panels, according to a new survey.

With 81% of adults concerned about rising energy bills, nearly half said they would like to install rooftop solar as a way to mitigate them.

Just under half (49%) of those who don’t already have solar panels said they would be encouraged to install them if they had the money to do so.

The YouGov survey of more than 2,000 people, conducted with Rexel, also revealed 61% had no idea what the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) is and only 10% “fully understood” it.

If consumers install electricity-generating technologies from renewable or low carbon sources such as solar and wind turbine, they can get money from their energy suppliers through the FiT scheme.

According to the survey, 30% said they weren’t sure they could trust solar sales people while 18% were worried about finding a reliable installer.