Renewables: the power of small

Much has been said about the spread of feed-in tariffs for large renewable energy plants in Europe. But how are the rules for houses changing? Dave Keating investigates

The house produces more energy than we can consume,” Johannes Out says of the solar panels mounted on his roof. “But to store the energy I would have to fill half the garage with a battery.”

Mr Out’s house, tucked into a suburban neighbourhood in Leusden, the Netherlands, does not stand out but is in fact quite unusual. Fitted with solar panels, a wind turbine and underground thermal energy, it generates its own energy during the day.

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