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Low carbon incentives "not enough"

The Government should broaden its low carbon ambitions and pledge more money for homeowners wanting to reduce their carbon footprint by installing renewable energy sources, a survey has found.

Seven out of 10 homeowners would consider fitting a renewable energy system such as solar panels or a wind turbine if the financial incentive from the Government was more worthwhile, according to the survey carried out by the Co-operative.

The group said that the opportunity to transform the nation’s homes, offices and communities into green power stations would be lost if the Government did not promise more cash for homeowners.

The Co-operative Group’s sustainable development manager, Chris Shearlock, said: “Without feed-in tariffs offering a greater level of return this opportunity will be sadly lost.”

The Renewable Energy Association’s head of external affairs, Leonie Green, said: ‘The involvement of everyday people and businesses can transform the UK’s renewable energy industry and bring down technology costs, as is the case in other European countries.

“The new renewable electricity payment schemes that will be announced shortly should make it easier for everyone to invest − let’s hope the Government delivers the ambitious scheme we clearly all want.”

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