Energy Saving Week 2011: Microgeneration
- Oct 25, 2011
Microgeneration covers everything from solar panels to ground-source heat pumps and basically refers to technology that harnesses renewable forms of energy for use in your home. The Energy Saving Trust has loads of information about what is available, grants and incentives and which energy efficiency measures you should make first to get started.
Although installing renewables on domestic properties is still unusual, it is a fast growing industry. According to figures released by energy and environmental consultancy firm AEA the UK solar energy market has grown by a massive 900% in just under 18 months.
It is easy to understand why people are starting to invest as according to the Energy Saving Trust, over its lifetime a typical solar photovaltaic (PV) installation could generate savings and income of around £28,000 and 30 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
Virgin Active Italy have been pioneering the use of evacuated tube solar water heating panels at their clubs in Venice and Brescia Freccia Rossa. Between them they generated over 180,000 kWht just within the first seven months of installation.
To find out more information about microgeneration, visit the Energy Saving Trust website.
Images by Andreas Demmelbauer