Renewable Energy

More people are considering opportunities to generate their own energy from natural sources especially in the current climate of increasing energy bills, and an awareness of climate change.

We recommend that you concentrate on making your home as energy efficient as possible before investing in renewable energy technology. There are a range of renewable technologies available, with more details available from the Energy Saving Trust on the options available.

Renewable Heat Incentive

This is a government incentive available for heat generating renewable technologies, such as solar thermal panels and biomass boilers.  There are domestic and non-domestic options within the Renewable Heat Incentive. 

More information about the Feed-in Tariff and Renewable Heat Incentive is available from OFGEM.

Feed in Tariff

This was a government incentive for electricity generating technologies, which enabled payments to be received for generating electricity from certain renewable sources of energy. It closed to new applicants on 1 April 2019.

Smart Export Guarantee

This scheme commenced on 1 January 2020 and is an opportunity for anyone who has installed certain renewable and low carbon technologies to receive a payment for electricity exported back to the National Grid. This is paid by certain licenced electricity suppliers. More information is available from OFGEM.

Planning Permission

If you are considering installing a renewable energy system it is important to be aware whether or not you will need to apply for planning permission. In some cases, the installation of renewable energy technologies for your home may be permitted development, so you do not need to submit an application.

General guidance is available on the Planning Portal website or you can contact the Council's Planning and Building Service on 01264 368000.