Performance considerations for wind power

The beauty of wind, when compared to solar, is that it doesn't stop blowing just because it's night time. Having said that though, the amount and consistency of the wind you're able to use will depend very much on where you live, and where you're able to position a turbine without annoying the neighbours. Read on to find out more about the sorts of things that will affect how much your wind turbine gives back.

Turbine type and supply capacity

One of the most important aspects of harnessing wind power is how effective your turbine is for the wind conditions around your home, and for your power needs. Learn about how different types of turbines perform.

Position and height of wind turbines

Where you put your wind turbine and how high it is in relation to things like trees and houses will have a big impact on how effective it is. Read on to find out more about the right positions and heights.

Wind speed, cut-in and cut-out

Most wind turbines have a cut-in and cut-out speed at which they're able to start generating electricity. Find out more about how this works, and at roughly what wind speeds these points normally occur.

Noise and aerodynamics

Because they consist of rapidly moving parts, there's inevitably some noise involved with wind turbines. But how much noise can you expect - and what design factors are likely to contribute to or reduce it?

Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs)

One of the biggest advantages of a solar panel system is that it allows you to sell electricity back to your electricity provider. Find out how this works, and what to expect.