UK Government presents vision of microgeneration as ‘everyday technology’

The UK Coalition Government today published its action plan to make microgeneration an ‘everyday technology’ in homes and businesses across England.

After making major cuts to the feed-in tariff (FIT) for large-scale solar installations, the Government says it wants the action plan to help consumers, communities and business generate renewable energy.

“I want to see a revolution in energy generation at a local level, giving genuine power to the people. We want to help people who are enthusiastic to generate their own energy matched by an industry with the desire, creativity and tenacity to grow in a sustainable and responsible way,” says Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker.

The strategy, which covers renewable generating installations less than 50 kW of electricity or 300 kW of heat, focuses on non-financial barriers to the adoption of the technology.

It promises to improve the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) to work better for installers while still protecting customers and create a ‘standard assessment procedure’ for detailing the contribution of microgeneration installations to low-carbon buildings.

The strategy also says it will provide clear guidance on the various microgeneration technologies and improve the grid connection situation.

The Government says that it will also aim to ensure that the microgeneration industry has the right skills and knowledge as it expands.

“We have worked with industry to develop a clear way forward which includes cutting red tape for micro hydro projects,” adds Barker.

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22 June 2011