The Green Homes Grant: what happened?

The Green Homes Grant is no more. So exactly what happened to the scheme?

By Christina Chrysostomou | 26 February 2021

Five months after the Green Homes Grant (GHG) scheme was launched in September 2020, figures released by the government showed that just 2,600 homes had energy-efficiency measures or low-carbon heating installed by the end of January 2021. If this rate of project completion had continued, fewer than 12,000 homes would have benefited from the initiative by the end date. This would have been far below the potential 600,000 households government target. Originally set to run until March 2021, the scheme was extended to 31 March 2022. But it was scrapped with the last deadline for applications at 5pm on 31 March 2021.

Two air source heat pumps provide space heating and solar thermal panels provide hot water, souparchitects.com

Two air source heat pumps provide heating for this house designed by Soup Architects

Insulation had been the most popular measure. Figures showed it made up 88 per cent of the installations. Low-carbon heating such as air-source heat pumps and solar thermal panels comprised just 12 per cent.