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Considering a renewable energy installation for your home or business? Find advice and learn about the technologies

Renewable energy links for householders

Government renewable energy support programmes can change at short notice and there are a large number of online sources of renewable energy information, which can be confusing. We have compiled a shortlist of web sites that may be useful as a starting point for householders considering a renewable energy installation.

The Energy Saving Trust has a very comprehensive website including information on all renewable energy technologies suitable for householders, toolkits, videos and information on financial support through the Feed-in Tariff and Renewable Heat Incentive. In addition the website includes useful information on energy saving and smart meters.

The Centre for Sustainable Energy based in Bristol is an independent charity established in 1979. Key aims of CSE are to support people and communities to reduce carbon emissions and save money by using less energy and to provide independent renewable energy information. They have a wide range of resources and information for householders on their website including videos on renewable energy technologies.

There are several web sites that provide up-to-date news on renewable energy, blogs, technical contributions from installers and further useful links. For example Lets Get Energized (which is a national website based in N. Dorset) and YouGen.

If you are considering a renewable energy installation it is important to use a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certified installer in order to be eligible for financial support from Feed-in Tariffs or the Renewable Heat Incentive. The MCS website provides a searchable contact list of certified installers and also useful advice for consumers on planning permission, Trading Standards, etc.

Renewable energy web links for businesses

Below are links to web sites that provide more detailed or specific information for businesses. The renewable energy links in the householder section provide useful basic information on renewable energy technologies also relevant for businesses.

National and regional organisations

The Renewable Energy Association (opens in a new window) (REA) The REA was established in 2001 as a not-for-profit trade association, representing British renewable energy producers and promoting the use of renewable energy in the UK. The REA helps its members build commercially and environmentally sustainable businesses.

Renewable UK (opens in a new window) is a leading not for profit renewable energy trade association mainly focused on the wind, wave energy and tidal energy sectors. The association has over 1000 members employing 250,000 people in the UK

Regen SW (opens in a new window) is based in Exeter and supports the business, community and public sector in developing sustainable energy opportunities. Regen offers bespoke consultancy services, organises a major annual trade fair, regular events, an annual conference and publishes an annual local renewable energy progress report for England.

Information on specific technologies

Biomass (woodfuel):

The Wood Heat Association (opens in a new window)

The Forestry Commission's Biomass Energy Centre (opens in a new window)

National Energy Foundation (opens in a new window)searchable database of woodfuel and woodfuel equipment suppliers managed by the National Energy Foundation

Anaerobic Digestion (Biogas)

Biogas Info website 

Biogas UK - part of the Renewable Energy Association

Solar Energy

The Solar Trade Association 

British Photovoltaic Association

The National Solar Centre (part of the BRE group)

Wind, wave and tidal energy

Renewable UK 

Wave Hub UK develops test sites for offshore wind, wave and tidal energy

PriMare is a world-class marine energy research centre based in the south-west

The European Marine Energy Centre is based in Orkney.

Web-based publications for businesses

Renewable Energy World provides a global overview and up-to-date news for the renewable energy sector

Business Green provides up to date news, opinion and policy information

Solar Power Portal provides news and comment for the UK solar energy sector

Edie (opens in a new window) is a useful source of UK environmental news for businesses.

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