Businesses, community groups and individuals across Wales could find it much easier to generate their own electricity thanks to new proposals unveiled today.

The Environment Minister Jane Davidson has launched a consultation on proposals to reduce planning requirements for small-scale energy generation equipment.

The proposals could make it easier for people to install renewable energy equipment such as small-scale wind turbines and solar panels, giving them the opportunity to take advantage of changes in the energy market and contribute to tackling climate change.

The plans build on changes introduced in September 2009 for residential properties. If adopted, they mean that planning permission will not be required for micro-generation equipment that does not have an impact beyond the property where it is installed.