I am pleased to announce that at the Energy Saving Trust we have just undertaken the first comprehensive in-situ monitoring of domestic small scale wind turbines in the UK and they showed that when it comes to domestic wind turbines, it’s all about location, location, location.

Around 450,000 UK householders would benefit from installing a domestic small scale wind turbine with the best areas in the country being rural locations in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

The results show that no urban or suburban sites with a building mounted turbine generated more than 200kWh (or £26 of electricity) per annum, but the best performing building mounted turbine, located in a rural area of Scotland, generated nearly 1,000kWh (or £127 of electricity) per annum. Larger free standing pole mounted turbines, sited in rural locations, could generate in excess of 18,000 kWh (or £2,300) per annum.

We believe that in terms of next steps, regulation needs to be in place for the industry to ensure a better basic standard level of information is provided to consumers regarding the potential from domestic small scale wind turbines. Industry standards need to be agreed and the Trust is already working with the industry on behalf of the customer to ensure this happens.

As a result of the field trials, householders can be confident that the advice they receive from the Energy Saving Trust advice centres and website is accurate.  They can call our advice line on 0800 512 012 or go online, enter their postcode and see whether the technology is suitable for where they live. Why not click here to try it out for yourself?

While domestic wind turbines aren’t for everyone, there are other technologies in the field of microgeneration that householders could look to. Next in line for trials at the Energy Saving Trust are Ground Source Heat Pumps and Solar Thermal.

Media coverage received to date:

The Telegraph

The Guardian

BBC Online