RenewableUK has welcomed the Government’s launch of the Green Deal energy efficiency scheme, which offers financial incentives for householders to insulate their homes and install microgeneration systems, such as small wind turbines, so that they can reduce fuel bills.
Loans from the not-for-profit Green Deal Finance Company can be repaid gradually over a period of up to 25 years. As well as cutting bills by generating clean energy to power their own homes, wind turbine owners could also earn money by feeding their surplus electricity into the National Grid.
RenewableUK’s Small and Medium Wind Development Manager, Indre Vaizgelaite, said:
“The Green Deal offers practical measures for householders desperate to escape spiralling international fossil fuel price rises which have inflated all our energy bills for too long. It makes it easier for people to take part in our transition to a green economy powered by local sources of low-carbon energy which are secure and affordable.
“The Government has specifically identified small wind turbines as part of the solution for hard-pressed bill payers wanting to get a grip on the cost of energy by generating their own clean electricity. The Green Deal will transform the way we run our homes in Britain, as well as reducing carbon emissions and helping to support the growing Small Wind industry in the UK, which already employs 800 people”.
As an example of the success of the British Small Wind sector, Evance Wind Turbines, based in Leicestershire, recorded a 200% year-on-year increase in sales in 2012, expanding its workforce by 50%. The company installed its 1,500th small wind turbine in December at a family-run smallholding on the edge of Bodmin Moor, generating power for the owners’ home and two holiday cottages. Based on current projections, Evance is on track to install its 2,000th small wind turbine during 2013.
RenewableUK is the UK’s leading renewable energy trade association, specialising in onshore wind, offshore wind and wave & tidal energy. Formed in 1978, we have an established, large corporate membership ranging from small independent companies, to large international corporations and manufacturers. Acting as a central point of information and a united, representative voice for our membership, we conduct research; find solutions; organise events, facilitate business development, and promote wind and marine renewables to government, industry, the media and the public. Our vision is for renewable energy to play a leading role in powering the UK.
Source: Renewable UK
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