If you are interested in producing your home’s electricity needs through the use of a wind turbine, you may wonder if there is any way you can get help with the cost of installation from the government. After all, the government has publicly backed the use of domestic wind turbines in our countryside and off-shore – surely they should support the use of wind turbines for domestic use too? Well unfortunately it is not as easy as it sounds.
The government will offer a feed-in-tariff for those micro wind turbines which are connected to the grid. This means that any electricity your wind turbine creates which you do not use, an amount per KwH will be paid to you. This is in addition to the savings you will make on your electricity bills.
You will only be eligible for this if you make sure your wind turbine has been installed by a certified installer who is registered with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme. However if you decide not to connect your turbine to the grid, you will still be able to store excess energy in a battery for use at another time.
It could be possible to achieve savings and income from your wind turbine of more than £3,000 per year. For some people this incentive is a great reason to install a wind turbine. However, for other’s a government grant is required to help with the installation costs.
Unfortunately there are no grants for mini wind turbines at this time. However there is a small possibility that they may be eligible for the Green Deal. This means that you will be able to get a loan to pay for the installation costs and pay it back via your lowered electricity bills.
However the technology may not fit the criteria of making more money than it costs and may not be able to be paid for using the Green Deal.
The government may introduce grants at some point in the future to help with wind turbine installation, but as this technology can be somewhat hit and miss regarding the pay back, it could be sometime before we see them. Of course it is still possible to become involved in local wind turbine schemes and the government is encouraging communities to invest in wind turbines for their own homes and businesses.