The Energy Saving Trust explains the various forms of incentives and financial support available to householders, community organisations and businesses. This support includes:
- Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs) for renewable electricity systems
- Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for renewable heating systems
The advent of FiTs has led many installation companies to approach householders, businesses and other organisations with offers of 'Free solar PV' schemes. These commonly involve the installer receiving the FiT payments, whilst the building/site owner benefits from reduced electricity bills.Whilst such offers appear advantageous to the customer, you should weigh up the pros and cons carefully, and take account of guidance from reputable sources.
You need to use an installer certificated under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.
Planning permission is required for some renewable energy installations in homes, and you should contact the Planning Officers in your district council to check the planning requirements in your local area. General guidance on planning issues and renewables is available on the Energy Saving Trust's website.
For news and information on local and regional initiatives to support the renewable energy and sustainable building sectors, please refer to Devon County Council's Environmental Technologies webpage.