Choosing a home wind turbine

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It’s important to check if a domestic wind turbine is suitable for where you live
There are two types home wind turbines: roof-mounted and free-standing mast-mounted. Home wind turbines can either be connected to the national grid or stand alone, storing the energy they produce in a battery.
Home wind turbines come in a range of sizes, prices and powers, generating from under 100W to around 50kW. Smaller micro-turbines are often used to charge batteries, while those of 0.6kW upwards can also be used to generate electricity for houses and businesses. Rooftop models vary from 0.5kW to 2.5kW in size.
Choosing the right turbine design and size to suit your home is very dependent on individual circumstances.
Earn cash from home wind power
Renewable energy has become more attractive since April 2010, when the governmenthouse_wind_turbines_1-580-75 launched its Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme. Under this scheme, if you generate your own electricity through a wind turbine, energy suppliers must pay you for it, whether you use it to power your home or export it to the grid.
The scheme guarantees a minimum payment for all electricity generated, plus a separate extra payment for electricity you export to the grid. This is in addition to the fact that you’ll be saving money on your energy bills by importing less from the grid.
Terms and conditions apply to the scheme. For example, the wind turbine must have been installed after 1 April 2010 by a certified Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) approved installer – but it’s definitely worth looking into this before you get a wind turbine installed