Renewable energy is energy generated from natural sources such as wind, sunlight, tides or waves and wood (or "biomass") that are replenishable.
Renewable energy in the UK
The UK has a target is to source 15 percent of all our energy (electricity, heat and transport) from renewable sources by 2020. At present we produce around just 6%. For more information on government policy on renewable energy, visit Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
Renewable energy at home
There are number of technologies available that can be used individually or in combination to provide energy and heat throughout the year to homes and businesses. Renewable energy technologies like wind turbines, solar panels and biomass heaters offer an alternative to fossil fuels and can help reduce your homes CO2 emissions.
More information and guidance on the use of renewable technologies in your home or business can be found in this series of factsheets that were produced by Cheshire East Council in conjunction with Cheshire West and Warrington Borough Councils.
For more information on installing renewable energy technologies in your home visit the Energy Saving Trust or GOV.UK websites.
Get paid for renewable energy you produce (Feed in Tariffs)
Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) became available in Great Britain on 1 April 2010.
Under this scheme energy suppliers make regular payments to householders and communities who generate their own electricity from renewable or low carbon sources such as wind turbines or solar electricity (PV) panels.
The scheme guarantees a minimum payment for all electricity generated by the system, as well as a separate payment for the electricity exported to grid. These payments are in addition to the bill savings made by using the electricity generated on-site.
For more information visit the Feed In Tariffs or Energy Saving Trust websites
Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (Domestic RHI) is a government financial incentive to promote the use of renewable heat. For more information visit the Renewable Heat Incentive website.
Cheshire East Council and renewable energy
In partnership with a number of other authorities, the Borough has supported the development of a free on-line toolkit providing expert, impartial advice about which renewable technologies are suitable for domestic properties.
The website was launched on the 17 December 2007 and includes information about climate change, ground source heat pumps, solar water heating systems, wind turbines, solar electric systems, wood heating (biomass), air source heat pumps, hydro electric and wood fuel. Installer contacts have been included.
There is also a beginners guide to renewable technologies and energy efficiency information.