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Renewable Energy

The whole area of alternative energy is rapidly changing and is being driven by the economics of heat and energy costs, a desire for "greener" systems and the government's 20 to 25 year Feed in Tariff schemes. These guarantee payment for all the electricity generated from renewable resources, even that which is consumed by the person generating it or which is subsequently sold to the National Grid. For more info see:

www.ofgem.gov.uk/sustainability/environment/fits

The UK Government is proposing to reduce Feed In Tariffs (FIT) for new photovoltaic installations as part of their comprehensive review consultation.  These proposals are only under consultation at this stage and are not yet final

Visit www.decc.gov.uk for more details on how this could affect you. 

Anaerobic Digestion involves the breakdown of organic non-woody material by microorganisms, in the absence of oxygen and produces a mixture of biogas and digestate.  The latter can be used as a soil conditioner and the biogas can be used to fuel a combined heat and power (CHP) unit, to produce electricity.  Typical inputs to the AD process on a farm would be slurry and silage.  

Wind power has been harnessed by man for thousands of years and is now the fastest growing energy source worldwide. With the largest wind resource potential in Europe, the UK's 3000 plus wind turbines account for around 2.6% of energy requirements at present with significant growth expected over the next few years.

Photovoltaic (PV) production turns solar radiation directly into electrical current. Since 2002 the interest in this renewable energy source has been increasing rapidly, making it one of the world's fastest growing energy technologies.

Download our handy renewable energy factsheet in the literature library

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