26 Mar '15, 8pm

UK government waives planning permission for commercial rooftop solar

The UK Government has confirmed it is extending permitted development to all rooftop solar (this includes both solar PV and solar thermal installations) up to 1MW.1 This means that as long as certain requirements are fulfilled, there will be no need to apply for planning permission. Currently, solar installations up to 50kW benefit from permitted development and don’t need to go through planning permission. With this move, this will now apply to all installations up to 1MW, which is roughly the size of a large warehouse or distribution centre — or roughly a rooftop the size of an average football pitch. “Getting planning permission is an extra hoop to jump through, and we are delighted that this is one more barrier to getting solar on roofs that has been removed,” said David Pickup, business analyst with the Solar Trade Association . “We told DECC and DCLG that the lack of...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyfocus.com/view/41826/uk-governm...

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