Renewable Energy options are available for homes, businesses and community buildings. They range from solar panels heating hot water just with the heat of the sun, through to hydro turbines, heat pumps, and wind turbines with many others in-between. It is not recommended to start looking for a renewable energy device until you have done an evaluation and made best efforts to save energy first. Grants and 0% loans are available for home owners, and the UK Gov are due to implement new Feed In Tariffs FIT’s. See : http://www.fitariffs.co.uk/ and also http://www.rhincentive.co.uk/
New builds are an ideal time to fit renewable energy solutions, but retro fitting existing buildings is also possible.
So have a look at your energy usage today and then take a look at the range of technology that’s available. The Energy Saving Trust can provide a free consultancy audit of your home to recommend home improvements and then to explain what renewable options might be best for your home and how you live in it.
What can I do ?
Renewables sub-group aims : To research opportunities for the local community and to present them for consideration. To help support those wishing to install renewables.
Examples of Energy Audits :
CAT energy audit for the village of Malhamdale, Yorkshire
http://www.sgurrenergy.com/ – Glasgow based Renewables Consultants
http://www.onsitegeneration.co.uk/ – Training services for Renewables
http://www.communityenergyscotland.org.uk/ – Lists of real examples already installed
http://www.free-energy.org.uk/ – Fintry tapping into a wind farm and getting 1x turbine for their community.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/video/2008/may/19/wind.powered.com… – Video on building your own wind turbine.
http://www.advancedplasmapower.com/ – Energy from Waste
http://www.yougen.co.uk/ – general advice on renewables
Excellent initial Advice on Hydro Power
Biomass. Is it clean or not ? Depends how its grown and manufactured. See this full report.
While not really renewables, Voltage Optimisation is seen as one element in saving energy and reducing CO2 emissions. http://www.voltageoptimisation.com/
Units are fitted to large buildings to reduce voltages to 220v removing harmonics and fluctuations in supply. This helps a number of devices to be more efficient, motors, lights, but might not make any improvements in certain situations because of modern power supply designs.