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Selling Excess Electricity Generated From Your Home Wind Turbine

One of the most appealing aspects of owning a home wind turbine is the potential to not only generate your own electricity but to also be able to sell any excess electricity back to the grid. This concept, often referred to as 'net metering' or 'feed-in tariffs', allows homeowners to become part of the energy solution, contributing to the national grid's renewable energy sources. But how does this process work, and what do you need to know to get started?

Firstly, it's important to understand that the ability for you to sell electricity back to the grid depends on the regulations in your area and the policies of your energy provider. In the UK, the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) scheme has replaced the previous Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme. Under SEG, licensed electricity suppliers with a certain number of customers are obligated to offer a tariff and pay small-scale low-carbon generators, like home wind turbine owners, for the electricity they export back to the grid. The rate paid varies between suppliers, so it is worth shopping around to find the best deal. To qualify for the scheme your installation must meet certain criteria and be carried out by a certified installer. This ensures that it is safe and that it is capable of efficiently generating electricity.

Before you start, you will need to have a smart meter installed that can accurately measure the electricity you're exporting. This allows your energy provider to monitor how much power you're sending back and ensure you're compensated correctly. It's also a good idea to consider the size of your wind turbine and your household's energy consumption. If your turbine generates more electricity than you use, selling the surplus can be financially rewarding. However, if your consumption is high, the amount available to sell might be less, though still beneficial. Engaging with your energy provider early on can provide clarity on the process and help you understand the potential financial returns.

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Choosing the Right Size Wind Turbine for Your Home

Deciding on the appropriate size for a home wind turbine is a key step towards achieving energy self-sufficiency. It's not just about picking the biggest model or the one with the most appealing price tag. It is about finding a balance between your homes energy needs and the wind resource that is available where you live. The size of the wind turbine that you will need to install depends on several factors. These factors include:

  • Your household's average energy consumption
  • The wind speed in your area
  • The amount of space available for installation.

Understanding your home’s energy consumption

You can find what your homes average energy consumption is on your electricity bills. It is usually given in kilowatt-hours (kWh). This figure tells you how much power you use over a certain period. You can then use that figure to estimate the capacity of the wind turbine that you will need to meet your energy demands. For an average UK home, a wind turbine that is rated between 5 to 15 kilowatts may be sufficient, but this can vary widely depending on your specific energy usage and any efficiency measures that you have in place.

What is the wind speed in your area?

Assessing the wind speed at your property is crucial. The ideal is that you have a consistent wind speed of at least 5 to 6 metres per second, which is common in many parts of the UK. A professional assessment can give you a more accurate understanding of your site's wind resource.

Available Space

Larger turbines will produce more power but they require more room for installation and are also subject to stricter planning permissions. The smaller turbines, while they are less powerful, can be easier to install and may be more suitable for urban or residential areas that have limited space. It is also worth considering the wind turbine's height, as wind speed increases with altitude. A taller wind turbine will potentially capture more wind and therefore generate more electricity, but it will also be more visible and may require additional permissions to install.

Ultimately, the decision on what size of wind turbine you require should be made by having a detailed analysis of your energy needs, the wind speeds in your area, and the space available, possibly with the help of an expert in wind turbine installation.

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Understanding the Electricity Generation Capacity of Home Wind Turbines

The question of how much electricity does a home wind turbine generate is a common one among homeowners who are considering powering their home with renewable energy. The answer, however, is not as straightforward as you might hope. How much electricity that a home wind turbine can generate depends on a variety of factors including:

  • The turbine's size
  • The wind speed at your location
  • how efficiently the turbine converts wind into electrical energy

Generally, residential wind turbines range in size from small 400-watt models, suitable for supplementing power usage, to larger 20-kilowatt systems capable of fully powering your home.

The Amount Of Energy A Wind Turbine Can Generate

The amount of power that your wind turbine can generate is directly related to the wind speed in your area. Wind turbines start generating electricity at wind speeds of approximately 3-4 metres per second. This is known as the 'cut-in speed'. Maximum output is achieved at a specific wind speed, beyond which the turbine will not increase its power output. This is known as the 'rated speed'. For example, a 5-kilowatt wind turbine, in an area with average wind speeds of about 6 metres per second, could generate approximately 8,000 to 9,000 kilowatt-hours per year. This is roughly enough to cover the electricity consumption of a typical UK household.

However, it is important for you to have realistic expectations and understand that the wind conditions can vary greatly, even within the same region. Before making a decision, it is advisable that you have a detailed assessment of your specific site's wind resource. After the assessment you will be provided with a comprehensive report that can help you to predict you wind turbine's performance more accurately. In addition if you integrate your wind turbine system with a battery storage solution, then that can maximise its efficiency even more by ensuring that any excess energy that is generated during windy periods does not go to waste.

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Home Wind Turbine Installation FAQs

How many solar panels does it take to equal one wind turbine?

How many solar panels does it take to equal one wind turbine? A wind turbine can generate the same amount of electricity per kWh as about 48,704 solar panels.

Do you need batteries for a wind turbine?

Do you need batteries for a wind turbine? In addition to batteries, they also require an inverter to convert the DC electricity to AC. These systems are great at producing clean and renewable energy, but the catch is that they work only when the wind is blowing.

Can I have a small wind turbine at home in UK?

Can I have a small wind turbine at home in UK? You can install a roof-mounted wind turbine on your home in England as long as you meet these rules: Your installation meets Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) standards. You live in a detached home, surrounded by other detached homes. You only install a single turbine.

Is a home wind turbine worth it UK?

Is a home wind turbine worth it UK? A well-sited 6kW turbine can generate around 9,000kWh a year, which could save you around £510 a year on your electricity bills*. The renewable energy generated could also save around 2,000kg of carbon dioxide a year. *Savings and SEG payments assume household occupants are out all day until 4pm.

How much does it cost to install a wind turbine UK?

The cost of a wind turbine varies depending on who manufactures and installs it. But generally, your average 15kW turbine will cost around £70,000, while commercial 3.5 MW turbines can cost upwards of £3.13 million! 28 Aug 2023

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