Wind turbine

Priority for Completion: Low

This recommendation is triggered if the assessment software considers it may be appropriate and a wind turbine is not already fitted to the building.

Strictly speaking this is not an energy efficiency measure as it does not reduce the amount of energy your home uses.  Instead it produces electricity with a smaller carbon footprint than fossil fuel power stations.   As such, practicable energy efficiency improvements should be completed before solar panels are considered.  As a result we have rated this as being low priority and suggest it is only considered once other higher priority improvements have already been made.

What is a wind turbine?

Wind turbines use the wind to generate electricity.  This can be used within the property or fed back into the electricity grid.

Fitting photovoltaic panels

Installing this technology usually requires appropriate space.  You are also likely to need planning and other consents.

Fitting this specialist technology requires expertise.  It must only be undertaken by suitably qualified professionals registered with an appropriate scheme.  All work undertaken will also be subject to Building Control and must meet the current Building regulations.

Other considerations

Renewable technologies like wind turbines should generally only be fitted after fabric and service improvements have been completed.  It is best practice to reduce the energy demand first before producing energy with a smaller carbon footprint.

The cost of wind turbines has reduced considerably in recent years and the potential of this technology is growing.  Most of the cost benefits now come from the electricity generated and used within the building.  It is therefore worthwhile considering battery storage systems as part of your system.