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

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.
Are wind turbines noisy?
Most modern models have been designed to be very quiet indeed - of course, whether noise levels matter will depend how far the turbine is from habitation. Ideally the turbine should be located at least 100m from your closest neighbours. Your planning authority will also have a view on acceptable noise levels - visit http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/ for more information.
What size wind turbine will I need?
The size of the turbine that's right for your property will depend on a few factors, including whether you want to have a roof mounted or freestanding system, your local wind speeds and the planning restrictions in your area, You should check with the Government's Planning Portal and with your installer when planning your turbine installation.
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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