How Wind Power Works
In short, if you have a grid connection, access to a windy location and have a reasonably large garden or field, then there is a wind turbine suitable for you.
A successful wind turbine depends on the suitability of your location. The key factors to consider are:
1. Your site has an average wind speed of 5 or 6 m/s (meters per second)
2. The ideal site is on a hill-top with clear stretch open to prevailing wind. Are there any obstacles nearby that could obstruct or increase turbulence of wind, such as; buildings, trees or hills.
3. You can connect the turbine to the national grid via your property’s connection
To access faster wind speeds, and offer the best rates of return from the government’s feed in tariff scheme, our wind turbines are mast mounted.
Typical mast heights range from 12-25m, meaning planning permission will be required ahead of installing your wind turbine.
Your site conditions, such as locality to neighbours and any obstructions, will limit the size of wind turbine you can install. Financial incentives in the form of “Feed in Tariffs (FITs)” offer very attractive rates of return of between 12-25%.
Current FIT rates are:
|System Size (Capacity)||Tariffs from 1 December 2012 to 31 March 2014||Tariff lifetime (Years)|
|Up to 1.5kW||17.78p||20|
|1.5kW to 15kW||17.78p||20|
|15 to 100kW||17.78p||20|
Everything depends on the wind, but a typical small wind turbine with a capacity of 15kW can generate tens of thousands of kilowatt-hours a year – under the Feed in Tariff scheme that could equate to over £10,000 a year.