Frequently Asked Questions
What is FIT's?
FIT means Feed-in Tariff and allows many people to invest in small-scale low-carbon electricity, in return for a guaranteed payment from an electricity supplier of their choice for the electricity they generate and use as well as a guaranteed payment for unused surplus electricity they export back to the grid. They were introduced in April 2010, replacing UK Government Grants.
Where is the turbine connected?
Depending on the size of the turbine, we connect into your property at the meter point or into the infrastructure of a building providing the cable leading back to your meter point is adequately large enough to carry the extra load from the turbine.
Do I need a 3 phase electricity supply?
Ideally, for 250Kw turbines upwards, yes. Preferably 11KVA, but 33KVA would be OK. However, for the larger turbines, it's unlikely that your existing power supply would have the capacity to cope with the generated energy and so a dedicated supply would have to be installed.
How long does the planning application take?
Planning consent usually takes 3-6 months, but it is dependant on its location e.g. a AONB, SSSI, etc. and may take considerably longer if affected by these designated areas.
Will an ecology survey have to be undertaken?
Depending on the site it could be necessary to have a bat, bird or ecology survey. The bat survey is the most common but if possible we will position the turbine(s) in such a way that this will not be required.
Do I need to be on top of a hill?
Although an elevated location gives a better supply of wind, what is arguably more important is to have a clear area in front of the turbine in the direction of the prevailing wind. The minimum distance to any obstruction should ideally be at least 50m.
What do I do if I am interested in having a wind turbine on my land?
Contact one of our dedicated surveyors, either via telephone, email or post and we will provide you with all the information we need in order for us to evaluate whether, or not, your land is suitable for wind turbine installation. Our experienced planners will take into account land designations in the area as well as any previous planning applications. We will also look into grid connection costs in order to ensure that the project is viable and if so we will come and visit you at the site.