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10 Feb 2009 05:02:07

Red tape cut on microgeneration installation

Red tape cut on microgeneration installation
Installing microgeneration equipment in Scotland is to get easier as certain technologies become exempt from the requirement for planning permission.

Following a consultation, the Scottish government has announced plans to introduce Permitted Development Rights for devices such as solar panels, biomass systems and heat pumps.

Some restrictions will still exist such as solar panels not being allowed to protrude more than 200 millimetres from an instillation on a pitched roof or a wall.

Also, there is to be further inquiry into whether wind turbines and air source heat pumps should be subject to Permitted Development Rights.

But overall, finance minister John Swinney said the move would reduce bureaucracy and facilitate the proliferation of small-scale renewables.

He said: "These new measures will slash red tape and help householders cut their energy bills. They will also help reduce emissions at a time when we all need to play our part in tackling climate change."

According to Scottish Renewables, an industry body, there is a total of 2,988.79 megawatts of installed renewable energy generation capacity in Scotland.

The government has committed to meeting 20 per cent of energy needs from renewables by 2020.



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