Cardiff, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — September 7, 2009 – New rules came into force on September 1 to facilitate the installation of micro-generation equipment such as solar panels in Welsh homes.
Under the new rules certain types of micro-generation equipment do not require planning permission, and as such there will be no requirement to pay planning fees, also reducing the financial burden.
Equipment that comes under the new rules includes small scale solar panels – up to 100 percent coverage of existing roof or walls or up to 9 m2 in area if freestanding – ground source heat pumps, and biomass flues.
Welsh environment minister Jane Davidson hopes the changes will give households the opportunity to minimize their carbon footprint and reduce fuel bills.
“A key part to tackling climate change will be lessening our reliance on carbon-based energy and this is where micro-generation has a major role to play,” said Davidson. “Here in Wales we have a large share of off gas-grid homes where micro-generation could provide an alternative. We want these new rules to encourage people to consider micro-generation and make it easier for them begin producing their own energy.”