ARCHIVE: Support for renewable energy
Renewable energy is a vital component of the UK’s diverse energy mix.
Small-scale onsite low carbon and renewable energy technologies – also known as microgeneration – offer cost-effective and efficient ways of producing energy from renewable, low carbon and carbon-neutral sources. They range from ways to harness solar energy, to capturing geothermal heat from underground sources.
The Government supports such schemes in a variety of ways, making it easier for homes, businesses and communities across the UK to install and use the most appropriate forms of microgeneration to their needs and circumstances:
- The Low Carbon Buildings Programme
- Feed In Tariffs - see also Energy Saving Trust’s Clean Energy Cashback
- Renewable Heat Incentive
Renewable fuels, materials and products can be derived from a wide range of crops and other biomass including forestry, agricultural residues and other organic waste. They can substitute for fossil or mineral resources for the production of various products and therefore help mitigate climate change.
- Rural Development Support for Renewable Energy - Energy crops scheme
DECC’s website provides an overview of some of the schemes available to support renewable fuels and materials. Recent grant schemes that have been introduced include:
- The Bio-energy Capital Grants Scheme, Round 6, introduced to support the installation of biomass-fuelled heat and combined heat and power projects in the industrial, commercial and community sectors in England. This provided maximum awards of £500,000 per installation and runs up to at least March 2010.
- The Bio-energy Infrastructure Scheme, Round 3 provided grants to help the development of the supply chain required to harvest, process, store and supply biomass to heat, combined heat and power, and electricity end-users.
Page last modified: 19 March 2010
Page published: 19 March 2010