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Micro-Renewable Energy Developments

On 26th January 2006 the Infrastructure Services Committee approved the use of supplementary planning guidance on Policy Inf\7 Renewable Energy Facilities - wind energy and Policy Inf\8 Other Renewable Energy Sources.

This the last of a trio of supplementary planning guidance (SPG) providing planning guidelines on micro-renewable energy developments, entitled “Use of Micro-Renewable Energy in Aberdeenshire: A Guide for Applicants”. It provides clear and concise information to potential applicants on whether planning permission, or other consents are required for small-scale renewable energy developments.

The SPG covers micro-renewable energy developments including small-scale biomass and wind energy developments, solar panels, air and gorund heat pumps, solar water heating, fuel cells and small scale hydro.

This SPG complements those of Wind Energy and Biomass Energy, which provide guidenace on both large commercial developments and small-scale schemes.

Along with the Wind and Biomass Energy SPGs, these three documents fulfil a number of Actions as outlined in Aberdeenshire Council’s Renewable Energy Strategy, agreed in December 2004. This aims to promote the generation of heat and energy from renewable sources.

Further information on examples of other micro-renewable energy technologies, and on the cost and funding sources are available in two leaflets that accompany this guidance:

Contact

Planning and Environmental Services
Aberdeenshire Council
Woodhill House
Westburn Road
Aberdeen
AB16 5GB
spgconsultation@aberdeenshire.gov.uk