28 Jul 2010 05:07:10
Landowners showing interest in renewable energy
The majority of landowners are considering developing a renewable energy scheme on their land, according to new research from Knight Frank.
Over 90 percent would consider generating their own energy, despite the fact that very few are already taking steps to do so.
Over three-quarters of respondents said that the introduction of feed-in-tariffs has encouraged them to investigate renewable energy initiatives.
The most popular form of renewable energy proved to be solar photovoltaic, which 52 percent of people expressed an interest in. Some 28 percent were interested in hydroelectric power, while 14 percent were considering anaerobic digestion.
"The results of our survey confirm the appetite of rural landowners for renewable electricity generation," Christopher Smith, head of Knight Frank's renewables and energy department, said.
"They also show how successful the introduction of renewable energy feed-in tariffs has been in encouraging people to invest in renewable schemes."
A spokesperson for TheRenewableEnergyCentre.co.uk recently highlighted that the UK has fallen behind much of Europe in its development of renewable energy.