Renewable Energy - Groups
By generating renewable energy instead of using conventional
energy sources (fossil fuels) you can reduce the amount of
CO2 your community building produces.
Consider installing a renewable
Support for installing renewable energy technologies:
Renewable Heat Incentive
Information on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) -
financial incentive to install renewable heat generating
Information on the Feed- in Tariff (FIT) - a financial
incentive to install electricity-generating renewable energy
systems such as solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.
Top tips consumers should consider when thinking about
installing solar panels:
- Get at least 3 quotes whether you are looking to pay for panels
upfront or join a ‘rent a roof’ scheme
- Only use companies who are members of the REAL Assurance
Scheme (the Consumer Code for the industry) and certified under
Certification Scheme (MCS)
- Do not sign a contract until you are sure you want to go ahead.
There is a 7 day cooling off period but you may need longer to shop
around and check testimonials
- If you are considering a free solar panel deal make sure you
ask the right questions using Consumer Focus’s
- Make sure you look into making your home as energy efficient as
possible such as by installing loft and cavity wall
insulation. Whether you decide to install solar panels or not this
would be likely to save you at least £100 off your energy bills
The Microgeneration Certification Scheme
The Microgeneration Certification Scheme Scheme (MCS) gives
consumers the guarantee that certificated microgeneration products
and the installers of those products have conformed to a rigorous
set of standards. To qualify for financial
incentives such as the the Feed in Tariff (FIT), both the
microgeneration product and the installer must carry the MCS mark.
It is also recommended, that with any building work, that you get
at least 3 quotes. Search for local installers on the
Certification Scheme website.
The Mayor's Climate Change Fund
The Mayor's Climate Change Fund is a grant funded
scheme set up to support community group projects that will
contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions within Bedford
Borough. The minimum grant level is £5k, the maximum level you can
apply for is £20k and 50% match-funding must be provided.