Project information

Microgeneration Life Histories

To construct a new section of our webslie to publish Life histories for individual microgeneration plan registered under the Feed-in Tarriff such as solar PV, small wind turbines, small hydro plants, anaerobic digesters and biomass preojcts.

It will be ongoing

Charity information

The Renewable Energy Foundation

The Renewable Energy Foundation
  • Need


    T:he project will show the actutal energy outputs of different technologies in local areas and will be charted as near to real time as costs and technology will permit.


    The project will be based on a county wide or local authority frame so that people interested in installing micro-generators at their own properties are able to find out what energy various technologies can produce, and by the blog postings about the history of eachproject the possible challenges and opportunities faced by people in their area.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a near-live data flow of energy produced by micro-generators in renewable technologies.


    » Using existing technology attached to each technology we can relay the data on to a dedicated part of our website.

    TSuccess will be shown by having an example of each micro-generating technology and then expanding this across the UK

    Aim 2

    To work with schools in the local area and with the owner's consent arrange educational visits.


    » We will contact schools in the area advising them of our website and how this may be used for school projects in a variety of educational subjects.

    Success will be measured by the number of schools interested in visiting the different technologies and seeing their contribution to the energy mix.

  • Impact


    Education for the public benefit showing the amount of energy that is actually produced by diferent technologies and encouraging the use of the most viable producers of energy. Ideally we would then like to spread this across the whole of the UK.


    Committment of the individuals who own the micro-generators. Inability to get examples of different technologies. We have close links with existing individuals who have installed technologies and their committment and interest to this idea stimulated this project.


    Regular reports as to status of the technologies and also the involvment with the local educational community. We would be happy to arrange visits to the individual generators and give demonstrations of the website by mutual agreement.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £22,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,500 Metering Equipment Cost and installation of metering equipment for five installations
      £17,500 Data Set Up and Website Creati This will be created with a view to the project being rolled out across the UK.
      £2,500 School visits To sponsor school visits to each technology - say five per year for each installation.
  • Background


    Initially a solar photovoltaic project in Surrey, a farm-cluster in Scotland which includes a hydro plant, a PV array and a wind turbine aand an anaerobic digestion project in Dorset. We have exploratory relations with the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association and the Combined Heat and Power Association to help us in finding willing partners.


    Schools studying renewable energy and its technologies and those interested in renewable power and installing their own micro-generators.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    REF has an extensive knowledge of renewable energy technologies and has a long held reputation for providing accurate and helpful information inteh energy sector.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Lee Moroney

    Dr Moroney will oversee the technical aspects of getting the data and incorporating it into the REF website.

    Dr John Constable

    Dr Constable will oversee the inital contacts and relationships with micro-generators across the UK.