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

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.
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.
Will a wind turbine have an impact on local TV and radio reception?
The materials used to make the turbines are unlikely to 'chop up' a signal and create electromagnetic interference (EMI).
What maintenance or servicing is required for a wind turbine?
You should get your turbine checked by your installer or another accredited technician every year, which should cost between £100 and £200. Your inverter may need to be replaced once during the turbine's 20 year lifetime - this costs between £1000-£2000 for a large freestanding system. Turbines with batteries (off-grid systems) will need their batteries replaced every 6-10 years.
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