Draft PPS18: Renewable Energy
Annex 1 Active Solar (Photovoltaics) Technology: The Context
PV technology is expected to decrease in cost over the next decade and PV systems could provide a useful contribution to renewable energy generation. To encourage greater uptake of renewable energy in Northern Ireland, the Government has announced proposed changes to the Building regulations to make micro-generation mandatory in new buildings from April 2008. For its part the Department would encourage greater use of PV systems in new developments prior to this change in the Building Regulations coming into force, and will encourage the retrofitting or incorporation of such technology on existing buildings where appropriate. The current consultation on permitted development rights is aimed at assisting this.