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Wind Turbine FAQ

This FAQ is aimed at providing you some answers to the most common questions you may have on wind turbines.

Q1: How much will it cost to buy a wind turbine?

A1: It all depends on the size of your wind turbine. A 6kW wind turbine system installed would cost between £27k to £30k, a 10kW turbine system installed would cost about £45k to £55k, a 50kW wind turbine installed would be about £140k to £170k and a 1MW turbine would cost in the region of £1,000k. Please note that each project has its own ground works, shipment costs and sometimes feasibility study requirements.

Q2: How much electricity will it produce?

A2: This will depend on size of wind turbine and the location. The below provides an example for a 6kW wind turbine.

Size / Wind speed

5m/s

6m/s

7m/s

8/ms

6kW

11,000kWh

16,000kWh

21,000kWh

25,000kWh

 

Q3: Do I need to pay income tax?

A3: NO if your installation is on a domestic dwelling then the Feed In Tariff will be tax free. But if you are a company, revenue generated from the Feed In Tariff will be subject to taxation.

Q4: Can I erect a wind turbine myself?

A4: Turbines under 50kW must be installed by an MCS accredited installer to be eligible for the Feed In Tariff. Above 50kW, we would strongly recommend that you get a company with expertise in wind turbines so that you reduce your installation risk.

Q5: How much land do I need?

A5: This all depends on the size and number of wind turbines you want to install. For example, for a small wind turbine of 6kW, it is recommended to allow 150 metres distance from anything (such as a house or shed).

Q6: Can I sell my wind turbine electricity?

A6: Yes.

Q7: How much money will I be awarded for the energy my turbine produces?

A7: This depends on the size of your wind turbine and site. For instance a 6kW wind turbine on a good site has the potential to earn up to £7,000 a year. A 10kW, has the potential to earn up to £12,000 and 50kW turbine up to £50,000 per year.

Q8: Is it better for me to use my wind turbine electricity at home?

A8: Yes. As a homeowner you usually purchase electricity for between 10p to 16p per kWh. Hence, it is better to use the electricity directly produced from your wind turbine than to sell it for 3p per kWh to a utility supplier. You are saving a minimum of 7p per kWh (10p /kWh – 3p per kWh) if you use your own wind turbine electricity.

Q9: So how can I use the energy produced from my turbine instead of selling it to the Grid?

A9: Any energy generated by your wind turbine will first supply demand within your home (provided that your installation is connected through your home).

Q10: Do I need to set up anything with an electricity company to get a payment?

A10: Yes. You are required to register your installation with a utility company to claim your Feed In Tariff. This is a process that we can help you with.

Q11: Do wind turbines require any maintenance?

A11: Yes. Turbines will typically require basic annual maintenance.

Q12: What warranty can I expect to receive on my installation?

A12: Each turbine manufacturer has its own warranty period ranging from 2 to 10 years.

Q13: Are wind turbines noisy?

A13: Wind turbines do produce some noise. However, each wind turbine manufacturer is required to undertake a noise assessment so you can understand the noise produced by the turbine. The Pure Energy Centre can provide this information for your project.

Q14: What do I need to do if I want to buy a turbine?

A14: Contact the Pure Energy Centre to discuss your requirements on +44 (0) 1957 711 410 or click here and fill up the form for your wind turbine.

Q15: Do I need a planning permission?

A15: Yes. You would need to obtain your planning permission services from your local Council / Authority. We can support you through this process.

Q16: How long will a wind turbine last?

A16: The lifetime of a wind turbine usually varies between manufacturers but a typical design life is between 15 and 20 years.

 

Have more question before purchasing a wind turbine?

Please do not hesitate to contact the Pure Energy Centre to discuss your requirements on +44 (0) 1957 711 410 or click here and fill up the form for your wind generator.