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March 22, 2008 / Mridul

Scottish Government Taking Right Steps In Cutting Emissions

Finance Secretary John Swinney today announced the Scottish Government will make available £13.5 million a year for the next three years to help householders, small businesses and local communities generate their own clean energy.It means more householders will be able to access grants of up to £4000 and community groups up to £100,000 for fitting alternative energy sources.

Householders’ solar and wind energy grant tripled – Scotsman

The Scottish government seems to be moving in the right direction by encouraging and helping the masses move towards microgeneration. The Scottish government has announced these measures as part of its goal to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050.

Scottish government has set a remarkable precedent for others to follow. Since the new, cleaner energy systems are still out of the reach of the common man and small business unit, it is the government’s duty to subsidize these technologies.

At a time when the oil prices are at record highs, it becomes essential that we explore new and better energy sources. People are also showing full ardor towards these new step. More and more households are opting for rainwater harvesting systems and green roofs with the industry showing very healthy growth. Many have found added benefits of these systems – the water bill comes down significantly, the green roofs cut air conditioning costs and add to urban biodiversity.

The trend of rainwater harvesting and green roofs came Europe from North America it’s time that the microgeneration concept proliferates to other parts of the world. Nations around the world need to take cue from the Scottish government and take steps to popularize and subsidize these microgeneration programs.

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