Micro-Gen RevThe Department of Energy and Climate Change has agreed targets with Europe that by 2020 the proportion of energy consumed from renewable sources should increase from 2.5% to 15% and by 2050 to 80%, with a corresponding emissions reduction by 2020 of 30%. In order to achieve these ambitious targets it has introduced a financial levy on higher uses of energy, but correspondingly announced subsidies for those that reduce carbon emissions or install approved micro-generation equipment.

The definition of micro-generation is the generation of energy up to 45kW (heat) or up to 50kW (electricity). The full list of technologies covered is:

 • Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
• Fuel Cells
• Solar Photovoltaic (PV)
• Wind Turbines
• Micro Hydro
• Solar Heating
• Heat Pumps (Ground, Air or Water Source)
• Biomass Heating