Advantages and Disadvantages of Wind Farms Guide

Wind Power

What’s in this guide?

Introduction

Did you know that almost 40% of all wind over Europe blows over the UK?

This gives the perfect opportunity for harnessing the power of the wind.

The UK is the ideal place for domestic turbines, so let’s take a closer look at what wind power is, how it works as well as the pros and cons.

Let’s get this show on the road.

What is wind power?

So what exactly is wind power?

Wind power is utilised by wind turbines, which are propelled by the force of the wind to generate electricity.

The stronger the wind is, the more electricity that the turbine will end up generating.

These are the two specific types:

  • Pole mounted turbines usually generate 5kW to 6kW
  • Building mounted turbines generate 1kW to 2kW

The UK is the home of many ‘wind farms’, the first being built in Cornwall in 1991.

These farms can produce thousands upon thousands of watts every year, which has led to them overtaking hydropower as the most abundant renewable generation source in the UK.

How does wind power work?

Now that you know what wind power is, how correctly does it work?

  • Blades spin via the wind
  • They then rotate a shaft, also a generator
  • This creates electricity

The closer that the wind turbines are to the grid, the more efficient the wind farm is due to the loss of electrical energy the further it is transported.

Take a look at the EnergySeek guides to find out more about the different types of power.

Wind power pros

✔ A renewable energy that will never run out
✔ The UK is ideally placed to get wind energy
✔ More cost-effective than solar and nuclear power
✔ It’s environmentally friendly
✔ It doesn’t poison the land
✔ You can farm around it

Wind power cons

✗ When they aren’t running, they require fossil fuel backup
✗ Turbines have a substantial visual impact
✗ They create noise, disturbing locals

However, you should keep in mind that the benefits of wind energy far outweigh the cons.

The more the UK invests in renewable energy, the fewer cons there should be.

How can I benefit?

Would you like to learn more about how you could benefit from wind energy?

Let’s take a look at what wind energy could do for you.

The amount that your wind system will cost will depend on the size and how it is built.

These are the types of costs you can expect:

  • £3,000 is the typical price for a 1kW micro-wind system
  • For a 2.5kW pole-mounted system, you might need to expect costs of between £9,900 and £19,000
  • The cost of a 6kW pole-mounted system is usually between £21,000 and £30,000

Although this might seem like an enormous cost, this is how you could benefit.

A turbine that generates around 6kW can create around 10,000kWh a year.

Including everything in terms of tariff payments etc, you could make around £1,500 a year with your wind turbine, and you could possibly save approximately 3.8 tonnes of CO2 a year.

This means you could make your money back in 14 years, plus your energy will be clean.

Conclusion

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