23 Jun 2011 10:06:04
Microgeneration action plan published
The government has published its microgeneration action plan, which is intended to boost energy generation at a local level.
Focusing on the non-financial hurdles to greater microgeneration, the strategy addresses seven key areas, including improvements to the Microgeneration Certification Scheme to aid small businesses.
The strategy also lays out steps to ensure sufficient skills exist within the country and maintaining consumer protection through the use of insurance and warranties.
A Standard Assessment Procedure is also introduced to create a framework which allows for an accurate representation of how the microgeneration technologies will contribute to low carbon homes.
"We want to help people who are enthusiastic to generate their own energy matched by an industry with the desire, creativity and tenacity to grow in a sustainable and responsible way," energy and climate change minister Greg Barker said.
Under the Energy Act 2004 microgeneration is defined as an installation smaller than 45kW for heat and 50kW for electricity.
The government hopes engaging households and communities with small renewable energy generation will help it hit its target of generating 15 percent of energy from renewables by 2020.