Government gives green light to microgeneration

solar panel installed on a house roofI 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.wind turbine on the side of a house

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 🙂


  1. Dave on March 21, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Be interesting to hear how the DIY LED lightbulbs go!

  2. Mrs Green on March 23, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Hi Dave,
    There will be a full post in the near future.

    For now, we are successfully running a few LEDs in the kitchen.

    Mr. Green has built light bars under each wall cupboard to light the work surfaces and hob, plus a few in the centre of the ceiling.

    You’re probably aware that LEDs are very different to incandescent in that they are more directional. So you need either to have lots of them to light a room, or change the way you use lighting to point them to various places.

    They are running off a car battery just as an experiment at this stage. They go literally for days before we need to recharge the battery (this is being done from the mains at the moment, but our aim is to run them from a solar panel).

    That’s about it for now – Mr Green will put a post up with lots more technical detail and photographs soon. All I know is whether they are effective and point to the right places -he has the technical know how 😉

    Have a beautiful day