Renewable Energy

Before considering renewable energy, your home should be as energy efficient as possible. This is a requirement for most of the renewable energy grants.

Renewable energy technology supplies renewable or low carbon heat and electricity to your home these systems are particularly good for homes where mains gas is not available they can replace more expensive forms of energy such as LGP, oil, solid fuel or electricity. Not only will they save on your fuel bill they may generate an income and reduce the carbon monoxide that is emitted into the atmosphere.

A range of devices can allow people to make their own electricity/heat from the wind, sun or even the ground or water from a stream or river.

Technologies can include

  1. Air Source Heat Pump
  2. Solar hot water
  3. Biomass boilers
  4. Solar PV
  5. Micro CHP
  6. Wind turbine
  7. Hydro power
  8. Anaerobic digestion

To find out which technology is best for your home visit the Energy Savings Trust (external link)

Generating income

Two types of income are available:

The Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) pays a set amount for the electricity you export to the grid. The amount of money received and the length of time will be determined by the energy supplier you apply to. Please note you don’t have to use your current energy supplier to get SEG payments so it is worth shopping around. Some tariffs may also allow for payments to be made if you export from a battery.

For more information on the SEG visit:

www.ofgem.gov.uk

www.solar-trade.org.uk

Renewable heat incentive (RHI) pays a set amount for the renewable heat you generate. Payments are made on a quarterly basis over a period of 7 years. For more information visit Ofgem Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive.