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Our approach

Micro-renewables can make an important contribution to renewable energy and carbon reduction, especially in reducing carbon emissions from both domestic and commercial buildings.

We support the installation of micro-renewables in locations where they would not significantly affect the quality and enjoyment of Scotland's nature and landscapes and, in particular, on species which are protected by law. In most locations and in most circumstances, micro-renewable technologies can be successfully installed with minimal effect on nature and landscapes.


Most micro-renewable schemes are unlikely to have significant impacts on the nature and landscapes, especially where they are located in urban areas. In some places, however, the installation of micro-renewable devices could have an impact on protected areas and some species which are protected by law. It is important that householders and installers conduct some basic checks prior to installation.

For the purpose of the guidance note (linked below), micro renewables refers to installations of less than 50kW (electrical) or less than 45kW (thermal).

Micro renewables and the natural heritage  PDF document   (revised 2016) provides further guidance on:

  • Micro wind turbines (including building mounted and free standing)
  • Solar photovoltaics (PV)
  • Solar hot water (sometimes referred to as Solar Thermal)
  • Micro hydro
  • Biomass
  • Heat pumps (ground and air) 

Further information

Scottish Government - Permitted Development external site


Kenny Taylor 01786 435387 

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