Wind energy and Wind Turbines need little explanation. Most people will have driven past wind farms in the United Kingdom, continental Europe or North America. What you may not know however, is that wind energy can be an attractive and viable option, at both a commercial level and domestic level, as a range of quality, affordable, small and medium sized Wind Turbines becomes established in the market.
Wind Turbines convert the kinetic energy of the wind into electricity, and this power can then be used to provide for the electricity requirements of your home or commercial property. The power generated by a Wind Turbine can either be stored in a Battery Pack (Stand Alone system) or released to the Electricity Grid (Grid Tied system), as well as being available to meet your ongoing, day-to-day electricity needs.
PROVEN Wind Turbine (United Kingdom)
Electricity is more costly than oil or gas, thereby providing customers with greater opportunities to make savings on their Utility Bills. Electricity prices have risen dramatically in recent years and it is highly likely that this trend will continue into the future. While a Wind Turbine saves you money by reducing the amount of electricity drawn down from your electricity provider, it can also act as a source of income, making the investment even more attractive.
In the United Kingdom, owners of domestic and commercial Wind Turbines can earn an income from any excess units (kWs) of electricity which are not consumed on site, but spilt back onto the National Electricity Grid.
Kestrel 1 kW Wind Turbine (South Africa)
Customers typically provide readings to their electricity supplier, for their Generation Meter (amount of electricity produced by the Wind Turbine), Export Meter (amount of electricity exported back to the Grid) and the Import Meter (amount of electricity drawn down from the Grid). The electricity supplier then calculates the net amount of electricity spilt back to the Grid by the customer and makes an appropriate payment.
(i) Can be installed in a New Build, Renovation or Retrofit Project assuming that a reasonable amount of space is available.
(ii) Freestanding and Roof Mounted Wind Turbines available.
(iii) Environmentally friendly, sustainable, “carbon neutral” energy source.
(iv) Quality Wind Turbines with a long lifespan and minimal maintenance available from reputable manufacturers. Brand reputation is particularly important with regard to Wind Turbines.
(v) Significant savings on electricity can be made (and income generated) through installing an efficient, high performance Wind Turbine from a reputable Manufacturer.
(vi) As a basic guide, a 1 kW Wind Turbine can generate 2,000 – 3,000 kW of electricity annually, depending on Location, local Wind Speed and Make / Model of Wind Turbine installed.
(i) Do you have sufficient space available to install a Wind Turbine (space requirements will vary depending on the Make / Model of Wind Turbine)? This question is usually addressed during a Site visit by an experienced Installer.
(ii) What is your typical annual consumption of electricity?
(iii) In installing a Wind Turbine, is your objective just to satisfy your annual electricity needs, or do you wish to generate an excess supply to sell back on to the National Grid?
For further information with regard to Renewable Energy Grants and Incentives for Wind Turbines, please refer to the Feed In Tariffs Section, on the Grants page of the website.