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FARMING SOLAR AND LIGHTING GRANTS NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH IFP SCHEME

 

The Improving Farm Productivity (IFP) grant, which is available to farmers and horticultural businesses in the UK. This grant pays for capital items to improve farm and horticulture productivity through the use of robotic and automated equipment and systems to aid crop and livestock production, and the installation of solar equipment to increase energy resilience and the take-up of renewable energy generation on farms. 

The grant will cover up to 25% of the cost of eligible solar equipment, with a minimum grant of £15,000 and a maximum grant of £100,000. This could be a great opportunity for you to reduce your energy bills and increase your farm’s energy efficiency.

So what can the IFP grant be used for? 

Advanced ventilation control unit

The advanced ventilation control system will control and monitor ventilation of existing horticultural and livestock buildings.  

Wavelength specific LED lighting for horticultural crops  

 The funding is to support the installation of wavelength specific LED lighting in existing horticultural buildings. 

Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems  

You can use the grant to pay for:  

  • solar PV panels

  • solar batteries

  • inverters

  • utility meters

  • electrical grid connections

  • power diverters

Solar PV panels can only be installed on: 

  • farm building rooftops

  • irrigation reservoirs

Other eligible costs for Farm Productivity projects can include

  • installation and commissioning of eligible items

  • alterations to the electrical supply within the holding to accommodate the installation of the equipment, for example, additional wiring from the distribution board

  • upgrade of electricity supply to the holding (providing this doesn’t add up to more than 10% of the project’s total eligible costs). The eligible cost must relate to the project to be undertaken. For example, if the project requires an additional 100 kW of electrical supply and the new supply is 200 kW, only half of the cost will be eligible. There needs to be clear detailed evidence of the power requirement of the project in the full application

  • installation of charging points being an integral part of the robotic equipment

To take advantage of this scheme you need to act fast and fill out an eligibility check on gov.uk to find out what is available to you by the 21st March 2024

Feel free to get in touch with us on our Contact Page to find out more information or to book a site visit with one of our highly skilled electricians. 

Further information on these Grants can be found on the government website here...

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/improving-farm-productivity-grant-round-2-applicant-guidance/how-to-apply-for-the-improving-farm-productivity-grant-round-2and-claim-payment

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