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Micro-Generation of Electricity in United Kingdom (U.K.)

Micro-Generation of Electricity in United Kingdom (U.K.)

Micro-generation refers to the practice of generating some or all of one’s household electricity or heating through renewable sources, rather than drawing the energy from the National Grid. In order to maintain sustainable energy supply within U.K. and meet emission reduction targets, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) published a Micro-generation Strategy along

by Ubaid Khan February 1, 2012 No comments

Solar Panels on house roof

Micro-generation refers to the practice of generating some or all of one’s household electricity or heating through renewable sources, rather than drawing the energy from the National Grid. In order to maintain sustainable energy supply within U.K. and meet emission reduction targets, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) published a Micro-generation Strategy along with the Micro-generation Industry Contact Group Action Plan on 2 June 2011. The Strategy represents an important step on the U.K.’s journey towards cleaner, greener energy.

As part of strategy planning, various inventive schemes such as Feed in Tariffs (F.I.T) and Renewable Heat Incentives (R.H.I) have been introduced by the government with extensive awareness programs for U.K.-wide propagation of micro-generation. The following two types of micro-generation engineering technologies are most feasible and getting popular around the country through advertisement and social marketing.

1. Solar Panels

Solar PV (photovoltaic) uses the sun’s energy to create electricity to run appliances and lighting. Light weighted solar panels can go onto the roof and by acquiring an area of just 10-15 sq m could produce about a third of an average family’s electricity.

2. Micro Wind Turbine

Wind turbines harness the power of the wind and use it to generate electricity. Forty percent of all the wind energy in Europe blows over the U.K., making it an ideal country for domestic turbines (known as 'microwind' or 'small-wind' turbines). A typical system in an exposed site could easily generate more power than your lights and electrical appliances use.

Are you U.K. resident? Have you considered Micro-generation for your house design? Do you think governmental incentives schemes are sufficient enough to encourage households?

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Ubaid Khan has over six years of operational, development, technical and environmental experience in the Waste Management and the Environmental Industry sectors in the Middle East and United Kingdom. During his career he liaised with various municipa...

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