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Microgeneration

Microgeneration involves small-scale generation of heat and electricity by individuals. Recent changes to permitted development rights for both householders and commercial property have made the installation of microgeneration equipment easier.

A house with a pole-mounted turbine
A house with a pole-mounted turbine © Proven Energy Ltd

Historic England's advice

We have produced several advice notes for owners which cover issues they need to consider when thinking about installing microgeneration equipment.

Small-scale solar thermal energy and traditional buildings

Small-scale solar thermal energy and traditional buildings

Published 28 March 2008

This guide is one of a series examining options for the small-scale generation of renewable energy.

Small scale solar electric (photovoltaics) energy and traditional buildings

Small scale solar electric (photovoltaics) energy and traditional buildings

Published 29 October 2010

This guide is one of a series on small-scale renewable energy options. Separate guides look at generation, solar energy, bio-fuels, heat pumps and combined heat and power, explaining how each system works and what you need to consider if you wish to install it in or on a historic building.

Heat Pumps

Heat Pumps

Published 4 December 2017

This guidance note covers the issues associated with installing a heat pump in a historic building. It describes the different options available and how they work.

Micro-Hydroelectric Power and the Historic Environment

Micro-Hydroelectric Power and the Historic Environment

Published 3 November 2014

This guidance sets out what to do if you are considering installing micro-hydroelectric systems at historic buildings or sites.

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