Ireland consults on new support scheme for microgeneration technologies

Consumers would be able to generate their own renewable electricity – for example from solar panels on their roofs – and receive a ‘fair price’ when they sell the excess to the grid

Picture of Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry on stage.
Claire Perry: Solar power shouldn’t be provided to the grid for free

She said BEIS is considering a new scheme as costs have fallen and the next steps for small-scale renewables will be announced shortly

Micropower Council "morphs" into Sustainable Energy Association

The Micropower Council has rebranded itself the Sustainable Energy Association, a move it says reflects the link between energy efficiency, microgeneration and using low carbon energy in buildings. At a reception in the House of Commons on Monday, Baroness Maddock who sits on the SEA’s board said the new name “fits better what we’re about”. […]

Offgrid fuel suppliers may not treat customers fairly

The Office of Fair Trading is concerned that some off-grid fuel suppliers may not be treating their customers fairly. The warning comes as the consumer standards agency today releases a report on off-grid energy suppliers. Four million households rely on off-grid energy such as heating oil, liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and, more recently, microgeneration including […]

Government slammed for faltering on green incentives

The UK government isn’t helping microgeneration enough, according to the industry’s representative body. Grace Bennet, Head of Policy at Micropower Policy has said that renewable technologies included in microgeneration, such as small scale wind and solar, are being let down by those in Whitehall through basic legislation failings. Speaking at the Energy Solutions Expo in […]

FiT scheme boosts microgeneration by 400%

Small-scale energy generation, using predominantly solar panels and wind turbines, has grown by 400% in less than 18 months in the UK. A study by Which? looked at the growth in renewable energy capacity in the UK’s large cities since the government’s feed in tariff launched last April. London added more renewable power than all […]

RenUK welcome end of MCS

A government scheme that comes to a close this week will be good for the wind industy, say RenewableUK. The wind and marine energy trade association have said that it will eliminate uncertainty over what products are available for the Feed-in Tariff and improve confidence about turbines for purchase. The Microgeneration Certification Scheme for green […]

Scotland to launch green-tech academies

A series of ‘green academies’ are to be set up across Scotland to train engineers to install energy-saving technology. The academies will be run by Scottish Gas and will create 77 new jobs and apprenticeships, with links to local college courses will help recruit trainees. Training will be given in the installation of insulation, air […]

Barker unveils microgeneration consultation

Climate Change Minister Greg Barker today launched a formal consultation document on the government’s strategy for microgeneration. The coalition intends that small scale power generation, coupled with the roll out of smart meters and the much talked-up Green Deal, will help reduce bills and make people more energy self sufficient. The strategy unveiled today will […]