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.



This is a government incentive for electricity generating technologies, which enabled payments to be received (from energy suppliers) for generating electricity from approved renewable sources of energy, such as solar electricity (photovoltaics) and wind turbines. 

The Feed-in Tariff closed to new applicants on 1 April 2019. There are proposals for a new smart export guarantee scheme, which are anticipated to be introduced in January 2020.


Renewable Heat Incentive

This is a separate 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.


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.