Generate your own electricity

Anyone can generate their own electricity in a clean, climate friendly way.

Fortunately there are a range of alternative and climate-friendly ways to generate our own electricity. Most involve utilise never-ending sources of natural energy such as the sun, the wind and flowing water.

This section describes how you can generate electricity using Solar Photovoltaic (PV), Wind turbine, Hydro-electric or Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems. At the bottom of the page you’ll also find details of how to apply for Government Grants towards the costs.

Install solar PV panels

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems use cells to convert energy from the sun directly into electricity to power your home. The average UK home could generate 50% of it’s electricity in this way.

PV systems will work effectively in any weather, so long as there is daylight. As you would expect more electricity is produced when the sun is at greater intensity.

Solar PV Factsheet
This fact sheet from the Energy Saving Trust provides more detailed information regarding Solar PV systems.

Solar PV Installation Guide
This guide from the Energy Saving Trust provides detailed information on installing a Solar PV system.
The following are recommended suppliers and installers of solar PV equipment.
Bright Light Solar
CEL-F Solar
Devon Solar
Equinox Energy
Genasys Power Systems
Green Earth Energy
Horizon Solar
Imagination Solar
J A Graham
JHS Power Solutions
Powertech Solar
PV Systems
Solar Century
Solar Fusion
Solar Green
Solar Sense
Southern Solar
Sun Powered
Sundog Energy
Sustainable Energy Installations
Wire Free Direct

Government Grants

The Government is keen to encourage the adoption of renewable energy systems in homes throughout the country. It has recently launched a new Low Carbon Buildings Programme which gives grants towards the cost of installation.

The programme will operate UK-wide and is due to run for 3 years, ending in March 2009. All of the technologies listed on this site are eligible under the programme.

Grant amounts differ for each technology, but generally grants of up to £5,000 are available for householders, subject to a an overall 50% of the overall installed cost. Click here to see the different grant levels available.

In order to qualify for a grant you need to meet the following criteria:

You have loft insulation which meets building regulations, if appropriate
You have cavity wall insulation installed (if you have cavity walls)
You are using energy-saving light bulbs in all appropriate light fittings
You have basic controls for your heating system (e.g. timer, thermostat)