Government defines microgeneration as the production of heat and/or electricity on a small-scale from a low carbon source. The various technologies have the potential to help us achieve our objectives of tackling climate change, ensuring reliable energy and tackling fuel poverty.

Electricity Generation Technologies

Heat Generation Technologies

Cogeneration Technologies

An independent report: Potential for Microgeneration Study and Analysis (see ‘Related Documents’) was commissioned by DTI in 2005. It provides information on the feasibility of the various technologies in the marketplace, and estimates market development out to 2050.

On 28 March 2006 the Government launched its Microgeneration Strategy. The objective of this strategy is to create conditions under which microgeneration becomes a realistic alternative or supplementary energy generation source for the householder, communities and small businesses.

The government provides grant funding for installation of microgeneration technologies under the  Low Carbon Buildings Programme (LCBP). This replaces Clear Skies and the Major PV Demonstration Programme and is currently structured in two ‘phases’:

  • Phase 1 was launched in April 2006. £36 million has been made available to support projects in households, community organisations, housing associations, public sector and private businesses. This phase is currently open for private sector applications.
  • Phase 2 takes forward the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s 2006 Budget commitment of an additional £50m of capital grant funding for the installation of microgeneration technologies in the public and charity sectors (social housing, libraries, hospitals, schools etc).

Details of other websites relating to microgeneration, including those of the devolved administrations, are under 'External Links'.

If you have any further questions relating to microgeneration, then please email micro.generation@dti.gsi.gov.uk.