In an effort to support sustainable farming and energy efficiency, the Improving Farm Productivity Grant offers an exciting opportunity for farmers and horticulturists in England to significantly offset the cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) installations.

With grants covering up to 25% of solar PV system costs, this initiative is tailored to enhance farm productivity while contributing to environmental sustainability.

The grant specifically targets solar PV systems that can be mounted on farm building rooftops or floating on irrigation reservoirs, offering a sustainable and efficient way to generate electricity.

Key Financial Details

  • Funding: The grant offers up to 25% funding for eligible solar PV projects, with a minimum project cost of £60,000 to qualify.
  • Grant Range: Eligible farms can receive grants from £15,000 up to £100,000 per applicant, making substantial solar projects more attainable.

Eligibility and Application

This grant is available to farmers and horticulturists with operations based in England, focusing on projects that promise to improve farm productivity and environmental sustainability.

  1. Expression of Interest: Initially, applicants are required to submit an expression of interest through the designated online portal, indicating the project’s alignment with the grant’s goals. The application portal will close on Thursday 21 March.
  2. Full Application: Following a successful preliminary review, applicants will be invited to submit a full application detailing the project scope, costs, and expected benefits. A full application will need to be submitted by 30th June 2025 (please note, dates may be subject to change). 

You can learn more about the Improving Farm Productivity Grant Round 2 here.

How Your Farm Can Benefit from Solar PV

  • Reduced Energy Costs: Solar PV systems can significantly lower your farm’s energy bills by generating renewable electricity onsite.
  • Environmental Impact: Transitioning to solar power reduces your carbon footprint and supports the broader goals of sustainability and environmental stewardship.
  • Increased Energy Independence: Solar PV installations help farms become more self-sufficient, reducing reliance on external energy suppliers.

What the Grant Covers

Eligible expenses for solar PV systems include the cost of solar panels, inverters, batteries for energy storage, electrical grid connections, and other necessary components to make your solar project successful.

How We Can Help

At Sunlite, we specialise in Solar system design and installation. Our teams are at hand to help you every step of the way. Get in touch with our team to find out if we can help you benefit from the ‘Improving Farm Productivity Grant Round 2’.

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