17 Jan 2011 11:01:18
Planning offices 'need better awareness of microgeneration'
A lack of familiarity of microgeneration within planning offices is putting some customers off installing renewable energy technology, one expert has claimed.
Laurie Eve, director of Source Renewable, a south-west based low-carbon energy company, said the Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs) have kick-started the industry for small-scale renewable energy generation, but there "is still work to do".
The FiTs were introduced in April 2010 and provide an incentive for the installation of microgeneration technology by paying consumers a set amount for the electricity they generate, even if it is not sold back to the grid.
He said currently the process for installing such technology "can be quite awkward" and this may be discouraging some consumers.
"Planning offices need a better awareness – some are quite aware and quite good, but the process could be streamlined and made a lot simpler," Mr Eve said.
However, he added the FiTs are generally "well thought out and well implemented".
Recently released figures show in 2010 there were more than 16,000 installations at domestic dwellings accredited with FiTs.