Cash released in low-carbon building drive

A £30 million funding scheme to reduce carbon emissions from buildings was announced by energy minister Malcolm Wicks this week.

The Low Carbon Building Programme aims to combine micro-renewable technologies and energy efficiency. Potential beneficiaries include schools, leisure centres and remote villages.

Wicks called on major players in the energy industry to expand the microgeneration sector. "Microgeneration products help teach future generations about the benefits of renewable energy and the need to use our resources more responsibly," he said.

British Wind Energy Association onshore chief Chris Tomlinson warned that grants alone will not harness the full potential of micronewables.

He said other measures such as permitted development rights are also needed.

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