Grants for homes to give better insulation and solar panel options

It would be beneficial to offer grants to all households for insulation, and on houses with flat roofs offer for solar panels to be installed. 

Why the contribution is important

Familes with poor insulation may not be able to fund the insulation themselves, but it would be better for the governement and for the climate if there was an option either through a grant system or a more ecconomical way to pay for it.


For solar panels, any excess could be returned to Gov/JEC/other. The cost to instal should be covered by grant/Gov/JEC/Other to help make it possible if homeowners were in a position to instal. This should be considered for those with flat roofs especially.

by Sophiaweather on March 11, 2021 at 04:36PM

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  • Posted by kirsten March 22, 2021 at 12:01

    I think this is a good idea and could be expanded to form part of a 'responsible housing scheme'.

    The issues regarding heating & insulation within domestic properties could be considered in a holistic manner (i.e. fuel type as well as insulation).

    To be transparent and and effective, a survey should be conducted to establish the starting point and a plan provided (developed by suitable impartial provider). The plan should detail minimum recommendations to maximise the CO2e improvement within the budget available. Additional 'optional extras' could be recommended with potential benefits to allow individuals to do more if they are able to afford it.

    To encourage take up, property owners that don't carry out the surveys & minimum recommendations (assisted by a means tested government grant system) could have a higher rates bill. (Carrot and stick approach).
  • Posted by ClaireDu March 22, 2021 at 20:32

    The first step before grants would be to reduce the existing barriers such as the onerous planning process and JEC charges/ applications.

    guidance and technical support on installation of panels would greatly speed progress in this area.
  • Posted by cb September 02, 2021 at 13:19

    To help this, it'd be great to see mandatory requirement of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for all new sales and lettings of residential and commercial property in Jersey, like the UK requires. They're not a perfect tool, but an imperfect solution is still vastly better than nothing.

    People often don't realise the extent of the energy/money they could be saving without immediately accessible data. Rather, they continue on as they are (uninsulated) and might not search for a grant, even if available, as they don't realise they need it.[…]when-selling-renting-houses
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