This increasingly common micro-generation technology is appearing on many new build projects in the UK. Smaller turbine applications, producing typically up to 50kW of electricity, for domestic or smaller commercial developments, are now commonplace. Supported by grant schemes like the Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) Low Carbon Buildings Programme, the technology is increasingly attractive and cost-effective for commercial developers.
Utility-scale turbines, most commonly grouped to create on or off-shore wind farms can be installed in rural locations (subject to local planning regulations) and are rated anywhere from several hundred kilowatts to several megawatts.
Exposed coastal or rural sites do provide the most effective conditions for the harnessing of wind energy, but the UK market for urban sites is growing and Ameon is playing its part in the development with design and installation expertise tailored to suit client requirements.