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Govt support for small green energy projects

The Government is introducing changes to remove barriers to small scale green energy projects from April, energy minister Malcolm Wicks announced today.

An overhaul of the Government's Low Carbon Building Programme will see increased grants for schools and public buildings, while the £10 million support still available to householders will be extended until 2010 for new applications.

There will also be no need to get planning permission to install devices like solar panels, ground and water source heat pumps and biomass systems. Relaxation of the planning rules for micro wind and air source heat pumps will follow shortly.

Mr Wicks said: “Many people tell me they want to do their bit to help combat climate change but are put off by the hassle involved. These changes remove those barriers.

Housing minister Caroline Flint said: “Almost a third of all carbon emissions come from housing. This week the rules will change to make it easier for homeowners to put up green technology, like solar panels to reduce their carbon footprint.

“The Government is committed to tackling climate change in housing which is why we have set a world-leading timetable for all new homes to be zero carbon from 2016.”