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18 Jan 2011 11:01:12

Renewable energy benefits 'still not being realised'

Renewable energy benefits 'still not being realised'
Homeowners are still not being provided with enough information to make a decision about small-scale renewable energy projects, a new survey suggests.

Some 200 householders were polled for the research by ReEnergise Renewables, with 60 percent saying they did not know enough about microgeneration. This is despite 80 percent claiming they were for renewable energy development, Click Green reported.

Despite the introduction of government initiatives designed to cut the cost of microgeneration, 94 percent still believed the price of getting the technology installed would be too high, while 60 percent expressed concerns about how long it would take to see a return on their investment.

Adam Hewson, co-founder of ReEnergise Renewables, said it is possible some consumers are being deterred by "the hard-sell tactics being deployed by equipment dealers".

"It is clear that despite the significant incentives now in place to consider improving the energy efficiency of our homes, the message is simply not getting through," he added.

Laurie Eve, director of Source Renewable, also suggested recently that a lack of understanding in planning offices about microgeneration was presenting problems for some homeowners looking to take advantage of the Feed-in Tariff scheme.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800348296-ADNFCR

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21 Jan 2011

The problem for the microgeneration industry is that it is trying to sell to people what they already have on tap: electricity and heat. Current supply is reliable and, for the moment at least, still relatively cheap. So how to convince the need for a change in the way we use and source our energy needs? A start is to point out: instead of pouring our money out to oil, gas and electricity supply companies, people can now take control of at least some of their own energy provision at a local level AND due to government incentives it's now a viable investment opportunity AND it helps mitigate problems caused by exploitation of finite fossil fuels reserves AND it will help us, as a island society with limited natural resources, move to a more sustainable future.

The fog of information needs to be cleared away regarding what these technologies can do, how much they will cost/earn/save and just what the benefits are over and above the greenwash. It was for this reason that we set up Save & Generate: to provide independent advice on energy efficiency and small scale renewable energy systems. With it we've created one location to find out everything you need to know and contact local installers through a safe and secure format.

Save & Generate is a small energy consultancy passionate about the uptake of affordable, sustainable-energy lifestyles in the UK.

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