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Renewable energy

Renewable energy technologies use free, clean sources of energy such as the sun, wind and water or replaceable sources such as wood to generate electricity or heat that can be used in our homes and reduce our dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels.

Council-owned renewable energy

The council is dedicated to demonstrating strong leadership on renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions.

  • our BREAM excellent offices are heated with a biomass boiler;
  • we have a 250KW ground mounted solar PV scheme to supply the Badminton Road office.
  • we have installed the following in our buildings and schools; 10 roof mounted solar PV arrays; 6 solar thermal arrays; 8 Biomass boilers; 2 ground source heat pumps; and, 2 air source heat pumps

Renewable technologies for your home

We have joined in partnership with Wessex Home Improvement Loans (WHIL) to offer low cost renewable energy loans to householders.  Wessex is a community development financial institution which also works alongside ten other local authorities across the South West.

See the link above for full details, loans can be used towards solar panels (for either hot water or electricity), biomass, heat pumps, wind turbines and small scale hydro power schemes.

Planning requirements

Installation of domestic scale renewable energy is now a permitted development right in most cases. However, some works still require planning consent and/or building regulations approval.

New development – Sustainable Energy Requirements

All major (residential and non-residential) development proposals are required (via the Local Planning Application Requirements list) to include the submission of energy information in the form of a Sustainable Energy Statement or as part of a Design and Access Statement.  Major development is defined as residential development comprising 10 or more dwellings, or development comprising over 1000 sq.m. of commercial floor space.

You find out more information here.

Supporting renewable energy

The government has some financial support mechanisms to help increase the development of renewable electricity and renewable heat systems. Payments are made per unit of energy that householders (and other owners of renewable energy installations) generate – via the ‘Feed-In tariff’ for renewable electricity and the ‘Renewable heat premium’ for renewable heat.

The Feed-in-Tariff will be closed to new applicants from the 31 March 2019.

Further information on the feed-in tariff and the renewable heat premium as well as a range of free advice on sustainable energy measures for your property is available via the Energy Saving Trust locally via Severn Wye Energy Agency or the Centre for Sustainable Energy

Renewable Energy and the Climate Change Strategy

In 2017 local renewable energy generation accounted for 3.4% of South Gloucestershire’s energy demand.

On the 8 October 2018 the council adopted a new Climate Change Strategy 2018-2023 setting out new targets for renewable energy generation.

The adopted targets are proposed as follows:

6% of energy demand generated from locally based renewables by 2028 leading to a target of 25% by 2036.

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