Category Archives: UK small wind scene

Sample noise assessment for planning consent

I am grateful to Graham Caulton for sharing this noise assessment that he used in order to get planning consent for his home-built wind turbine.  UK planning officials tend to ask for a noise assessment as a condition for granting … Continue reading

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UK not working windmills for sale/ new homes

People are contacting me with wind turbines that do not work and wondering if other people are interested in using parts of them or whatever.  I am very happy to try to find homes for them.  Right now I have … Continue reading

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Ecotricity saves Evance

The green energy company Ecotricity has today bought small wind firm Evance out of administration.    Evance was the UK small wind company with the highest sales in recent years but there has been a big contraction in the market.  Also … Continue reading

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Ampair announces exclusive negotiations to acquire Westwind.

Ampair, the Dorset-based wind turbine manufacturer, is pleased to announce that it is in exclusive negotiations to acquire Westwind, the Belfast-based wind turbine manufacturer. Ampair, with over 40-years’ experience, is the UK’s oldest manufacturer of wind turbines.  Westwind relocated from … Continue reading

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Vertical axis in decline

The MCS approved list of small wind turbines includes 31 models, but none of them are vertical axis any more. Quiet Revolution QR5, the darling of the architects, is no longer listed there.  Instead the company have quietly shifted to … Continue reading

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Radio masts

Assessing a site for a wind turbine is easier these days with good, cheap, loggers available.  But the anemometer needs to be at a suitable height above buildings, trees etc, and not just mounted on a rooftop. Here are three … Continue reading

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Industry gossip of changes afoot

Southwest Windpower the company that makes the most popular brands of small wind turbines in the USA has shut up shop abruptly although the products will continue to be made by other companies in future.  Turbulent times for small wind … Continue reading

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MCS Certified wind turbines – a safe investment? Eoltec is back on the list.

From time to time I comment on the list of approved wind turbines that qualify for the hefty Feed-in-Tariffs that are being dished out and that make small wind turbines a Money Earner (potentially) in the UK lately. I am … Continue reading

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Secondhand batteries

If anyone needs cheap batteries for an off-grid system, try asking my neighbour Lawrence Buchan 077 37308766.  He has some nice Yuasa endurance batteries in 6-V blocks, 100Ah and 160 Ah sizes.

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Operation of school wind turbines suspended in Highland Region.

Following enquiries from councillors and members of the public, The Highland Council commissioned the Building Research Establishment, an independent organisation, to evaluate all wind turbine installations on or adjacent to school sites. Based on initial feedback from BRE, the Council … Continue reading

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