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

Do wind turbines cause bird-strike?
It isn't likely that birds will collide with your turbine.. There are several websites, including RSPB (The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) which provide additional background on this matter. Their view is that 'climate change is the most serious long-term threat to wildlife in the UK and globally and, therefore, the RSPB supports the Government's target to source 15% of electricity from renewables by 2015.'
Is there a risk lightning strikes could target my turbine?
This is very rare and is almost unheard of, so generally not a consideration.
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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