Government gives green light to microgeneration
I received an email last night, from our local councillor that made my heart sing!
As you may have read in previous posts, Mr.Green and I had a goal this year of installing a solar panel to run our downstairs lighting.
Mr.Green is currently building his own LED bulbs – how cool is that guy?! and they are running off a car battery. (You wouldn’t believe how long they run without a recharge).
We were planning on taking advantage of a temporary cessation of planning permission fees in April of this year to put in our application. However, I found out last night that planning permission for solar panels, ground source heat pumps and other microgeneration technologies to help cut carbon emissions will no longer need planning permission *as long as there is clearly no impact on others.*
We live in a Conservation area, so unfortunately, we will still need to apply for planning permission. But I am thrilled that around the country, other people will be able to take advantage of this huge leap forward by the Government.
Take a look at the fabulous Yellow House site for information on how ‘ordinary people’ I’m sure Annie and George will find it in their heart to forgive me for writing such a thing :D) in their ‘ordinary home’ have made it an environmental dream by reducing energy consumption by two thirds.
Do any of you have renewable energy solutions installed in your home – How are you getting on with them?
Will this new legislation give you the push you need to install renewable energy in your home?
We’d love to hear all about your plans 🙂