Funding to help with renewable technologies
Government backed funding is available to help install renewable technologies. These are broken down into 2 types:
- For electricity generation the Feed-in-Tariff scheme has now been running since 2010 and is still open to new applicants. Under this scheme a householder will be paid a tax-free and index-linked sum for each unit of electricity their photovoltaic panels generate.
- For heat the Renewable Heat Incentive will now pay householders for the renewable heat they generate, instead of the fossil fuels such as oil or LPG. By installing one of the following technologies a householder will be able to claim back money that pays for the system in around 7 years. They work best for off-gas homes where a householder is considering changing their existing oil, LPG or electric heating systems. They also work best in well insulated properties.
- Air Source Heat Pumps
- Ground Source Heat Pumps
- Solar thermal
- Biomass using wood chip or wood pellet
Call South Staffordshire's Energy Advice line on 0800 193 1902.
More information about renewable energy and its benefits can be found on the following websites:
From April 6 2008, all homeowners will be able to install microgeneration equipment, like solar panels, without needing to get planning permission, as long as there is clearly no impact on others.
Those technologies that do not require planning permission include solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, ground and water source heat pumps, biomass and small combined heat and power.
Requirements are set for most of these technologies to reduce the effect on the external appearance of the building, and therefore we would urge residents interested in these technologies to contact the councils planning department. If the installation does not meet planning requirements, planning permission will be required.
To find out more about planning requirements visit the Planning Portal website.
The Strategic Planning Team manages and maintains a register of persons who have an interest in local planning documents (Local Plan Database); those who wish to register land for future development on our Self and Custom Build Register and/or Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA); and regarding Empty Properties and Warmer Homes. In order to do this in an effective way we will need to collect and use personal information about you. For more information about how we process this data see Strategic Planning Team - Data Protection.