What will 2010 bring for microgeneration?
Posted by Matthew Rhodes on 18 January 2010 at 9:39 am
I have a growing feeling that 2010 will mark a watershed in the development of microgeneration in the UK .
The introduction of feed-in tariffs (FiTs) from April marks a sea change in established attitudes to small scale renewables, and a very belated attempt by the UK to catch up with the rest of the world. FiTs are far more than yet another token funding mechanism. They are a recognition by the political establishment (principally OFGEM and the Treasury), not entirely willingly, that individual citizens of the UK have an active role to play in delivering an economically viable and healthy low carbon future.
Radical change is not best led by Whitehall (in fact this is risible, when you reflect on it) and is far more likely to be led by Mrs Jones, in Bradford, Mr Hughes in Cardiff, and the 25 million other individuals who manage households across the country.
I have a strong suspicion we will all be surprised by the effect of this change on our energy system and society. At Encraft, we are already involved in developing a wide range of projects for the next year that are orders of magnitude bigger than anything we’ve been able to do before, all of which are targeted at making it easier for Mrs Jones and Mr Hughes to install solar panels and lead change more easily.
It’s time for us all to stop considering ourselves passive consumers of electricity and heat, and to start thinking of ourselves as active producers and contributors to the efficient low carbon energy system that we will be building, from individual household level upwards, in the next 10 years.
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