Small and medium wind turbines are already powering many UK homes, farms and businesses. With the best wind resource in Europe, and attractive financial incentives, we are home to many leading turbine manufacturers and developers, who export their products worldwide. Over 25,000 small and medium wind systems have been installed in the UK since 2005 and for every turbine installed in the UK, one is also exported to the overseas market.
Reaching up to 55 metres tall, small and medium scale wind turbines can produce enough energy to power an entire community.
The energy produced can be used on-site, stored in batteries for later use, or sold and fed into the grid.
There are a number of steps to go through to ensure the correct siting of a wind turbine, including wind speed analysis and consultation with local planners - but the financial incentives from schemes like the Feed-in Tariff can be very rewarding.
RenewableUK has produced a guide called Generate Your Own Power, a collection of case studies that will help you get started, and our annual Small and Medium Wind Market Report that provides some essential data about today’s market.
RenewableUK also recently launched its Small and Medium Wind Strategy. This document summarises the scope of the industry, its benefits and its future potential. It draws attention to the significantly untapped contribution small and medium wind could provide to the UK by 2023 via GVA, employment and carbon savings. The report sets out a series of recommendations to address the barriers currently being faced by the sector.