11 Jun 2008 12:06:07
Microgeneration funding given green light
The east of England is to benefit from funding for microgeneration projects.
According to the BBC, the East of England Development Agency is to provide £1 million for low-income homes in order to encourage the spread of energy efficient systems.
These include air and ground-source heat pumps, solar panels and wind turbines. It is hoped that by promoting microgeneration, consumers in the area will develop a low carbon lifestyle.
The scheme forms part of a government pilot project to increase the use of low carbon technology in the area.
Alex Menahms, campaign manager for the venture, explained: "It is only a pilot project so only a specific number of communities can be helped but they would get technology in their homes to cut the costs of heat and electricity."
The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform commissioned a study which suggested that by 2050, microgeneration could provide 30 to 40 per cent of the UK's electricity needs.