Renewable and low-carbon energy can be good for the environment and your finances. Low-carbon technologies such as wind turbines, solar panels and biomass boilers let you generate your own energy, saving money and reducing your carbon footprint in the process.
The Energy Saving Trust has more information on renewable and low carbon energy which may be suitable for your home For advice on purchasing a renewable or low carbon energy system or finding an installer visit the Microgeneration Certification Scheme website.
The energy of the sun can be harnessed to generate electricity and hot water. Photovoltaic (PV) or solar thermal panels can be installed on individual buildings or free standing on the ground. PV arrays can be small scale or large commercial arrays and we have prepared Renewable Energy Planning Guidance Notes to assist householders, communities and developers in bringing forward their development ambitions. These Planning Guidance Notes are:
- Domestic and Medium scale solar PV arrays up to 50kW and Solar Thermal - November 2013 [pdf] 2MB
- Large Scale Solar PV Arrays - November 2013 [pdf] 1MB
They have been approved by the council's cabinet and will advise decision makers when determining planning applications.
Feed-in tariffs guarantee a minimum payment for all electricity generated by a renewable or low carbon system such as solar electricity panels or wind turbines (known as the generation tariff). A separate payment for the electricity exported to grid is also made (export tariff). These payments are in addition to the energy bill savings made by using the electricity generated on-site. The Energy Saving Trust has more information.
Renewable Heat Incentive
The Renewable Heat Incentive provides financial support that encourages individuals, communities and businesses to switch from using fossil fuel for heating, to renewable or low carbon heat technology such as a biomass boiler, solar hot water heating or a heat pump.
Renewable Heat Premium Payment
This is a one-off grant designed to help towards meeting the costs of installing renewable technologies in your home. The value of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment you receive depends on which technology you install.