Renewable energy can be an effective way of making your site more sustainable, helping the environment and generating additional income.
The UK has a target to deliver 15% of the nation’s energy consumption from renewable energy sources by 2020. The UK Government has identified eight technologies that have the greatest potential to meet this target. The technologies are:
Several incentives have been launched by the Government to meet the 15% target.
The Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) scheme was introduced on 1 April 2010. FITs are designed to encourage the use of small-scale (less than 5MW) low-carbon electricity generation. There are three financial benefits from FITs:
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) provides financial support to non-domestic renewable heat generators and producers of biomethane. The scheme opened for applications on 28 November 2011. The eligible technologies are:
The RHI provides a continuous income stream for 20 years to any organisation that installs an eligible renewable heating system. The system must be commercially attractive when compared to fossil fuel alternatives.
The Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme enables businesses to claim a 100% first year capital allowance on investments in certain energy saving equipment, against the taxable profits of the period of investment. Capital allowances enable businesses to write off the capital cost of purchasing new plant or machinery (e.g. boilers, motors), against their taxable profits. There is a list of eligible technologies here (http://etl.decc.gov.uk/etl/criteria/).
The ECA scheme is managed by the Carbon Trust on behalf of the Department for Energy & Climate Change and HMRC.
Does your site have the necessary environmental attributes? (e.g. water supply, strong winds, sun trap).
Do you have easy and cheap access to biofuel?
Do you have enough space to accommodate renewable energy equipment?
Will it harm/conflict with the natural habitat?
Do you have neighbours that would be impacted?
Will it have a detrimental impact on the visual landscape?
Will it conflict with other uses? (e.g. fishing, playgrounds, sports pitches)
Do you have buildings and facilities which could benefit from self-generated electricity?
Self-generating income (not labour intensive to run).
Can enhance environmental credentials of site.
There are a lot of different options (and scales) to implement renewable energy, depending on the size and capacity on your site.
Use it as a feature on your site to attract additional visitors.
Ofgem are responsible for the RHI scheme: www.ofgem.gov.uk/
The Energy Technology List: http://etl.decc.gov.uk/etl/default.htm
Department for Energy & Climate Change: http://www.decc.gov.uk/
The Energy Savings Trust: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Organisations
The Carbon Trust: http://www.carbontrust.com/home
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