18 Jan 2011 11:01:12
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.