A few years ago the UK Government made huge cut-backs to the Feed-In Tariff subsidy — which has drastically affected the viability of onshore wind in the UK.
Sadly this means we are no longer able to discuss our land lease opportunities unless the site is ‘ready’ for installation.
However, opportunities for wind turbines still exist.
You need a site with:
1) High wind speed.
For a very rough idea of your site’s wind speed click here.
Your site needs at least 6 metres per second at 45 metres above ground level for it to be viable for wind turbines.
You also need…
2) Planning permission for one or more big wind turbines.
Obviously installing big turbines can be challenging when it comes to obtaining planning consent – but in certain areas of the country some councils are very much amenable to the idea. And even if they aren’t, legislation still exists to support renewable energy and win on appeal.
if you have a good site then it is certainly worth trying to obtain consent, and we can help you. (We don’t do planning in-house but have excellent contacts who help with this.)
The key thing is that due the the government cutbacks, you really need to be looking at installing the biggest turbine your local council will accept.
Your planners (e.g. Atmos) should be able to advise but for reference the last turbine we installed (in Wales) was an 850kw Vestas turbine with a 81 metre tip height.
Finally if you have a good wind speed and can get planning for a big turbine, you will also need…
3) A feasible cost to connect your wind turbine to the National Grid.
If you’ve not done this yet you would need to apply to your local Distribution Network (DNO) for a ‘Budget Estimate’ for at least a 1 Mwh connections.
You can check who your local DNO is by clicking here.
Or again – just get in touch and we can do this for you.
Once you get a grid connection estimate then we can work out what maximum size turbine you can install to generate the most return.
If you have a good wind speed, a viable grid connection budget estimate and think you can get permission for a big wind turbine then… great!
We can provide quality remanufactured wind turbines for your site, or alternatively we can can lease the site off you — so you don’t have to pay anything — and we pay you 10% of whatever the turbine generates for 20 years or more.
If this is of interest please get in touch and we’d be happy to discuss.