Why Do We Need Microgeneration?

Why Do We Need Microgeneration?

Microgeneration helps to combat climate change. The Climate Change Act 2008 includes a legally binding target of at least 80% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, to be achieved through action in the UK and abroad, and a reduction in emissions of at least 34 per cent by 2020 (against a 1990 baseline). At EU level, the Renewables Directive sets targets for each member state for the proportion of energy generation that should come from renewable sources by 2020.. the EU has a 20% renewables target by 2020 and the UK’s legally binding target is 15%

We have a lot of Ground to make up in order to meet these targets and need all the tools at our disposal – including microgeneration.Vertical Banner

The average home in the UK currently consumes around 4,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per annum. A typical sized domestic PV installation of 2.5 kWp will generate 2,125kWh of electricity per annum whilst air source heat pumps can provide can provide 100% of space heating and 50% hot water. So, combined with energy efficiency measures, microgeneration installations can make a meaningful contribution towards a household’s energy needs.

Microgeneration can enable householders and small business owners to generate cost-effective energy and save carbon at the same time: for example, a micro-CHP unit will deliver the same comfort levels as a modern boiler, whilst reducing the emissions of a typical house by 1.5 tonnes (around 25%) of CO2 per year.

And what’s more, microgeneration is set to become even more cost-effective compared to conventional fuels: microgeneration technologies are on a descending cost trajectory because economies of scale are still developing in both manufacturing and installation. Meanwhile costs and prices of conventional fuels are rising.

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