Pursuing reductions in business energy and domestic prices by installing microgeneration equipment should be encouraged, but there is also a need for control, says an expert body.
The National Home Improvement Council (NHIC) was responding to government plans to remove the need to get planning permission for microgeneration features such as wind turbines and ground source heat pumps in order to enable people to switch energy practices more easily.
It has been acknowledged that strict rules will be needed relating to size, location and noise levels of equipment that homes and businesses may choose to install.
Andrew Leech, executive director of the NHIC, said: "I think caution should be exercised, especially as far as wind turbines are concerned, because those are the things that are most likely to stick out like a sore thumb if they are not quite right."
He also praised the plans to make microgeneration equipment easier to install, describing them as "crucial" in tackling climate change.
The UK is committed to reducing carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 from 1990 levels.
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