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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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Can Installing A Home Wind Turbine Increase My Property Value

The installation of a home wind turbine is often seen as a step towards sustainability and energy independence. However, you might also be wondering whether your investment could also increase your property's market value. A wind turbine, by providing your home with a renewable energy source, can indeed make a property more attractive to potential buyers who value sustainability and are conscious of rising energy costs and therefore add value onto your home.

One of the key factors that contributes to the added value is the reduction in your electricity bills. A home that is equipped with a wind turbine is able to generate a significant portion of its own electricity requirements, thereby decreasing your reliance on grid-supplied power. This reduction in energy costs is a compelling selling point, as it promises future savings for prospective buyers. In addition to that, with the growing emphasis on green living, properties that offer renewable energy sources are becoming increasingly desirable. This trend is reflected in the willingness of buyers to pay a premium for homes that are seen as environmentally friendly and cost-efficient in the long run.

However, the extent to which a wind turbine increases your property's value can vary based on several factors, including:

  • The location of your property
  • The size and efficiency of the installed turbine
  • The overall energy demand of your home

Properties that are in areas with higher wind speeds and more consistent wind patterns are likely to see a greater increase in value, as the turbines in these locations can produce more electricity and therefore, provide you with greater savings. It's also important for you to consider the aesthetics and the potential planning permissions that are associated with installing a wind turbine. These can impact both the feasibility of the installation and its reception on the market.

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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 Frequently Asked Questions

What is cheaper solar panels or wind turbines?

At a large-scale, wind energy can be cheaper than solar. However, solar energy is more affordable for residential installations and smaller-scale consumers. Location also influences the cost. For example, solar power is likely cheaper per kWh and more efficient in an area with a lot of sunshine but little wind.

Can a 5kW wind turbine power a house?

A typical home uses approximately 10,649 kilowatt-hours (kWh), an average of 877 kWh per month. Depending on the average wind speed in the area, a wind turbine rated in the range of 5 to 15 kW would be required to make a significant contribution to this demand.

How much does a home wind turbine cost UK?

Small roof-mounted wind turbines usually aren't more than 0.5-1.5 kW, and cost around £2,000 to 3,000, including installation. Standalone (or pole-mounted) turbines can vary a lot in size and, therefore, in price. They can cost anywhere from £7,000 for a 1.5 kW system, to £70,000 for a 15 kW system.

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.

Is a 2 or 3 blade wind turbine better?

Is a 2 or 3 blade wind turbine better? A two-blade turbine will be approximately 5% less efficient than a three-blade turbine, but will provide a higher return on investment due to lower costs.

What can a 5kW wind turbine power?

A 5kW turbine (average residential size, 18ft. rotor diameter) produces around 10,000 kWh per year in 12mph average winds, which is about 100% of what an average British home requires.

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