The UK represents one of the best locations in the world for the installation of small wind turbines. Not only is it one of the windiest countries in Europe, but generating energy using small wind allows customers to receive some of the strongest government incentives in the world through the UK's Feed in Tariff (FIT) scheme. The UK has the largest base of quietrevolution turbines today, with over 150 turbines installed in schools and colleges, corporate businesses, government and commercial offices - all generating a proportion of their own energy needs on site and with the unique combination of quiet operation and pleasing aesthetics. The UK's high population density means that there are many sites suitable for installations in "developed" areas, near to people and buildings and along coastlines which present many opportunities to exploit some of the best on-shore wind conditions in Europe.
The FIT is worth 21.65p for every kWh generated, whether exported or used, and the FIT scheme makes it easy to claim this incentive. Exported energy will generate an income of 4.64p per unit. You simply need to advise your electricity supplier, register your turbine and provide readings to your electricity provider. Maximum value is usually realised by using the energy you generate on site - remember you save the cost of the electricity you generate too, so in all this can be worth up to 33p per kWh.
The UK's new Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) ensures turbines and installers in the UK meet suitable standards in order to secure the government incentives. So by selecting a turbine and installer which allows you to claim Feed In Tariffs, you will also gain peace of mind that your selection has been rigorously certified. The new 2013 qr5 will complete its product certification by July 2013 and until that point it is on the interim list of eligible products for Feed In Tariffs.