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Renewable energy

Renewable energy

You can generate your own energy and increase your income by using small-scale renewable energy (microgeneration) and renewable heat technologies.

Generating energy from renewable sources can provide a secure, low carbon supply, and help you reduce the ongoing cost of your energy.

The main sources of renewable energy are:

  • solar
  • hydro (water)
  • biomass (anaerobic digestion)
  • combined heat and power
  • heat pumps.

More information on these technologies can be obtained from the Welsh Government or Energy Saving Trust websites.

Deciding on the right technology

If you need help in deciding which technology is best for your home, you can follow the Energy Saving Trust’s:

Getting an income from renewable energy

The Feed in Tariff provides an income for generating renewable electricity

The Renewable Heat Incentive gives an income for generating renewable heat.

Installing renewable technology

Not all small scale renewables need planning permission. It’s important to find out from your local authority whether the project you wish to develop is a Permitted Development, or whether it will need planning permission. You should contact them before you start work. 

If you choose a product and installer who fall under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) this should ensure that your new system is good quality and reliable. You will need to use an accredited installer if you wish to claim payments under the Feed in Tariff or Renewable Heat Incentive. The MCS website provides more information on products and installers.

Generating energy for your organisation

Is your organisation is interested in generating energy from larger scale renewables?

You can get advice on generating renewable energy from:

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Resource Efficient Wales Programmes

The Welsh Government has set up a number of programmes to help support you, your community or business become more resource efficient.

Find out more