Wind Power

You can generate electricity at home with small-scale wind turbines.

Domestic wind turbines, known as microwind or small-wind turbines, capture the power of the wind and use it to produce electricity to power the lights and electrical appliances in your home. The UK is the ideal country for small domestic turbines with 40% of all the wind energy in Europe blowing over it.

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The Basics

Whenever the wind blows over your domestic wind turbine it will use this energy to generate electricity. This electricity can be used to power your home’s appliances and lighting, and because this electricity is free to you this will reduce your electricity bills. If you qualify for the government’s Feed-in-Tariff scheme you can receive payments for every unit of electricity you generate, as well as for any units you generate but don’t use, as they can then be exported back to the Grid.

You can fit a roof mounted or mast mounted (freestanding) microwind turbine depending on what the best way to capture wind power is in your area. Find out more about Installation of Wind Turbines here.

A well sited 6kW turbine could generate around 10,000kWh per year which is equivalent to around 5.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. A system this size could generate income and savings of around £3,200 a year when eligible for the Feed-In Tariff” (Energy Saving Trust)

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FAQs

Can I mount my wind turbine on the roof of one of my buildings?
There are a variety of roof-mounted wind turbines models that you can install, but as a general rule of thumb you will obtain substantially better performance from a pole-mounted (freestanding) turbine.
Should I get a wind turbine if there are frequently low wind speeds in my area?
Micro wind turbines can be selected for good low wind speed performance, so that even on less breezy days, electricity can be generated.
What level of VAT do I have to pay on my wind turbine installation?
A reduced level of VAT - currently only 5% - is applicable to renewable energy systems for domestic properties.
What is the lifetime of a domestic wind turbine?
Wind turbines have a lifetime of 20 years or more if serviced regularly, and if you're eligible for the FIT scheme the FIT payments will be paid to you for the same length of time.
Is there a risk lightning strikes could target my turbine?
This is very rare and is almost unheard of, so generally not a consideration.
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