Micro energy scheme wins extra funding

Micro energy scheme wins extra funding 

Planning magazine

An extra £3 million is to be ploughed into a fund supporting domestic and community renewable energy schemes over the next two years.

Ministers had suggested that the Scottish community and householder renewable initiative, which offers homeowners up to 30 per cent of the cost of a project, could be revised after it became oversubscribed.

But last week deputy first minister Nicol Stephen confirmed that the initiative will continue. The latest funding increases the annual budget to £3.7 million. ‘People are showing a real appetite for small scale renewables,’ he said. ‘Turbines on houses are increasingly common.’

Friends of the Earth Scotland urged the Scottish Executive to go further and classify renewables as permitted development.