The benefits of wind power

In the right situation micro-wind turbines are a very effective energy solution and could contribute up to £3,200 per year to your energy costs.

  • Harness a plentiful energy source: In the UK we have 40% of Europe's total wind energy.
  • Cut your carbon footprint: Wind electricity is a low carbon, renewable energy source and doesn't produce any pollutants. A well sited 6kW system can save around 5.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.
  • Cut your electricity bills: The wind is free, which means that after the system has paid for itself your electricity costs will be reduced.
  • Store electricity for a calm day: If you don't connect your turbine to the National Grid you can store surplus electricity in batteries and use it when there is no wind.
  • Quick payback: A large system typically pays for itself in 7 years or less under current tariff rates.
  • Receive FIT payments: You can be paid for any electricity you generate using your turbine and any electricity you don’t use which can be exported back to the Grid. This adds up to around £2,800 a year.

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Savings with a typical system

Studies looking at a number of different of microwind systems indicate that a well situated 6kW turbine could generate:

  • Around 10,000 kWh of electricity per year
  • Savings of around 5.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.
  • Around £3,200 a year in Feed-in-Tariff payments and bill savings for 20 years.

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FAQs

How do I find out if my site is windy enough for a wind turbine?
Our survey takes into account the average wind speed in your area, so should give you a broad indication of whether your location is suitable for a wind turbine. We do recommend that you measure the average wind speeds in the turbine locations you're considering for at least a year before committing to an installation. You can measure your wind speed using an anemometer (wind meter). A good anemometer will record your specific wind profile (e.g. average wind speeds, wind spikes, changes in wind direction) which will help you select the most appropriate wind turbine for the wind characteristics of your site. The Power Predictor anemometer from www.bettergeneration.co.uk is a good choice for a domestic installation.
How does a wind turbine generate electricity?
Most wind turbines have three blades which face into the wind; the wind turns these blades round. This spins the shaft, which is connected to a generator. The generator turns this mechanical energy into electrical energy, generating electricity. This electricity is passed through an inverter to convert it from CD to AC electricity, and this AC electricity is then supplied to your house through your wiring.
Can I connect my wind turbine to the grid?
Most areas of the UK are connected to the Grid, and if you are, you can connect your turbine to it too. This will allow you to qualify for the Export Tariff as part of the Feed-in-Tariff scheme, which pays you acsecond payment on top of the Generation Tariff for any electricity that you generate but don't use. The surplus electricity is automatically exported to Grid.
What happens to my electricity supply when the wind stops blowing?
Without adequate wind blowing, the turbine will not turn and create electricity, therefore you will have to draw power from the grid. This will happen automatically as long as you are connected to the Grid.
Can an installed wind turbine be re-sited?
Yes, provided the new site is suitable. However, substantial costs will be incurred to dismantle the turbine, transport it to the new site and re-install it, so ideally in the first place you should spend time selecting the most suitable site before you install it for the first time. If you do need to re-site the turbine, make sure you get multiple quotes from accredited installers for the moving work.
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