Friday, 7 March 2008

on Scottish renewable policy

This Monday the 4th of March, the Scottish Government published a consultation paper on microgeneration equipment. The plan is to make power microgeneration equipment ‘permitted development’ under Scottish planning law. This means that if you wanted to install solar panels, wind turbines, hydroelectric generators etc. on your house in Scotland, you would not need to apply for planning permission. While not knowing how feasible economically these plans are, that would be an issue for householders to decide, I see the move as a welcome step to reducing Britain’s carbon output. I would love to see it rolled out across all the UK so that when I can buy a house (subject to availability and price changes) I will be able to kit it out with renewable energy goodness.

Consultation here:



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