Wind Turbines

EnergyMyWay is an accredited installer of Kingspan Wind Turbines. Kingspan Wind Turbines (formerly Proven) have over 4,000 installations world wide and are well know in the industry as being a very robust reliable turbine. The Wind Turbines come in two different sizes from the KW3 and KW6 . The amount of electricity they produce depends entirely on the site and the local wind conditions but you would be looking for the KW6 to produce between 6,000 – 12,000kWh per annum depending on location, these turbines are suitable for both commercial and residential installations. When selecting a site for a turbine there are many factors which need to be taken into consideration such as wind turbulence, height of turbine, prevailing winds, both strength and direction, and not least of all, planning consent issues. Before installing a turbine a full site assessment will need to be undertaken and planning consent sought.

Wind Turbines have blades to catch the wind. When the wind blows the blades are forced round, driving a turbine which generates electricity. The stronger the wind, the more electricity produced.  The Kingspan turbine is unique in that in higher wind strengths it keeps turning due to the patented hinged blade mechanism and is one of the few turbines which is designed for class 1 winds (high wind speeds 70m/s).

Financial Incentives for Wind Turbines

The Feed-in Tariff scheme was launched on 6th April 2010 and is designed to incentivise investment in Solar PV, Wind Turbines and Hydro, by providing a guaranteed long-term financial return. There are three ways the government-backed Feed-in Tariff system can benefit you:

  • The Generation Tariff provides a minimum subsidy for every kWh of electricity your system produces. For Wind Turbine installations between 1.5kw and 15kw in size, this is set at 17.78p per kWh.
  • The Export Tariff can be earned by exporting excess electricity back to the National Grid. You can earn 4.77p for each kWh exported.
  • Savings on your energy bill, through generating a significant amount of your electricity yourself.

The program is locked-in for 20 years for Wind Turbines and is tax-free and index linked. To qualify for the Feed-in Tariff scheme you need to use an MCS Accredited installer, such as EnergyMyWay. We understand the benefits of the system, and how it can work best for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if my site is windy enough for a Wind Turbine?

BWEA has a UK Wind Speed Database, which tells you the average wind speed in your area. The actual wind speed at your site will be influenced by the local geography and any nearby obstructions such as trees or other buildings. Wind movement around buildings themselves can be turbulent. A site with an average wind speed of 4-5 metres per second is generally sufficient enough to make installing a small Wind Turbine worthwhile.

How does a Wind Turbine make electricity?

Generally the wind turns the blades of the turbine. Internally, this turning movement is used to move a magnet round a copper coil which then generates electricity, if you can remember your physics lesson from school!

How tall are small Wind Turbines?

Tower height varies according to Wind Turbine models, but generally range from 9 to 24 metres. In general, the higher the tower, the higher the average wind speed that the turbine will experience and the smoother the wind.

Will I need planning permission for a Wind Turbine?

Yes you do need planning permission for a Wind Turbine. However, overall, national planning policies support the development of small scale wind energy.

Are Wind Turbines noisy?

Our small Wind Turbines have been designed to be very quiet and create very little noise however planning consents usually mean they have to be installed at least 120m from any neighbouring property which is far enough away so that neighbours won’t be able to hear them.

Will small Wind Turbines affect birds?

Independent experts that have monitored small Wind Turbines say that birds are unlikely to be damaged by the moving blades of Wind Turbines. More information about this can be found from BWEA Best Practice Guidelines and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

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