The UK is the windiest country in Europe, and wind farms are a great way to generate renewable, low-carbon electricity. Investing in large-scale wind turbines is an effective way to support the development of renewable energy and get a financial return.
Although there is financial support available, installation of your own domestic-scale wind turbine will involve a big up-front cost, and may take several years to recoup this cost. It’s important to first take energy efficiency measures, as these tend to give a bigger saving on carbon emissions for a smaller cost. See our Energy Conservation page for advice.
After that, low-carbon heating systems such as a wood-fuelled boiler or a heat pump may be a more cost-effective way to reduce domestic emissions. If you’ve already investigated other options, and if you live in a very windy location, then read on to find out more about how you could get clean electricity from a small wind turbine.
To learn more about this technology, take a look at the Questions and Answers listed below.
|Can I buy green electricity through the grid using a 'green tariff'?|
|Can I live off-grid using wind and solar power?|
|Can I put a wind turbine on my roof?|
|Can I store electricity from my solar PV roof or wind turbine in batteries, to use at another time?|
|Can off-grid renewable energy systems get feed-in tariff payments?|
|How can I build my own wind turbine?|
|How can I find a wind turbine installer?|
|How can I pump water using wind or solar power?|
|How do I set up a community renewable scheme?|
|How much electricity will a wind turbine produce?|
|How much will a community wind turbine earn?|
|How much will a wind turbine cost?|
|How much will a wind turbine earn?|
|What is a wind pump?|
|Where should I put a wind turbine?|
|Which size wind turbine should I choose?|