There is little doubt that our reliance on fossil fuels has to be reduced. Whether you believe that CO2 emissions are responsible for climate change or not, or indeed whether climate change is occurring at all, there can be little argument that the cost of power from fossil fuels is rising and will continue to rise. Nor is there much of an argument about “Energy Security” i.e. the risks associated with our dependency of imported energy supplies.

At the same time, we in the UK are fortunate in having the greatest potential among all European nations for the generation of wind energy. Even solar power, because of improvements in the technology behind solar photovoltaic and solar thermal panels, is surprisingly viable in a country not known for its sun-bronzed inhabitants. Renewable Energy Technologies provide us with a series of options to help tackle rising fuel costs whilst also helping to “save the planet”.

Our industry has been hampered by misinformation, uncertainty and bad advice from some companies who have over-promised and under-delivered. To counter this, the government has established a benchmark of quality for both the equipment used and the installers themselves. Unless the equipment used is MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) accredited and the installer is also MCS accredited, then neither the Feed In Tariff nor the Renewable Heat Incentive will be payable.

The correct location of wind turbines, solar thermal panels etc. is essential to their efficiency, and sometimes it simply doesn’t make sense to install one or other of these technologies. MicroGen Renewables Group offer you access to independent assessors who will advise you on all aspects of renewable technologies – WE DON’T PAY THEM, so you can have confidence in the impartiality of their advice.

for a consultation on which technology is best for your circumstances.

The Renewable Energy Association and the Centre for Alternative Technologies help the industry and the consumer to keep up-to-date with legislation and technology developments, as does the Department for Energy and Climate Change.