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To be eligible for payments through the Feed in Tariff, your wind turbine must be certified under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) and the turbine must be installed by an MCS-certified installer.
This information has been extracted from the manufacturers’ websites and technical data sheets during April 2012. Please note that we are not responsible for the accuracy of the data presented.
For the latest list of certified turbines, and turbines 15kW and over (to 50kW) if you have a suitable site for a larger turbine, check the MCS wind turbine product database.
Click on the name of any of the turbines to find out more at the manufacturer's website.
|Turbine||Rated power||Wind speed at rated power||BWEA reference annual energy at 5m/s||Diameter of blades||Tower height|
|Skystream 3.7||2.4kW||13m/s||3,416kWh||3.72m||10.2, 13.7 or 18.3m|
|Evance R900||5kW||12m/s||8,780kWh||5.5m||10, 12, 15, or 18m|
|Kingspan KW6||5.2kW||11m/s||8,949kWh||5.5m||9, 11.6 or 15m|
|Eoltec Scirocco||6kW||12m/s||9,881kWh||5.6m||12 or 15m|
|Qr5||7.2kW||13.5m/s||4,197 kWh||3.1m; 5.5m tall||6m roof mounted; 18m ground mounted|
|Evoco 10||9.55kW||11m/s||21,706kWh||7.2m||12 or 15m|
|Aircon 10S||10kW||11m/s||Not given||7.5m||18, 24 or 30m|
|Bergey Excel 10||10kW||28mph (equivalent to 12.5m/s)||13,800kWh||7m||18 to 49m|
|Xzeres 442SR||10kW||11m/s||15,329kWh||9.7m||Not given|
|Gaia-Wind 133||11kW||Not given||27,502kWh||13m||15 or 18m (lattice) or 18 and 27m (monopole)|
|C&F Green Energy||11Kw||9m/s||24,000kWh||9m||15 or 1m|
|C&F Green Energy||15kW||8m/s||43,400kWh||13.1m||20m|
You will notice that the rated power (in kW) of different wind turbines is given at different windspeeds measured in meters per second (m/s). This makes it difficult to make a side by side comparison of the likely output of one wind turbine compared with another even if both state that their rated power is, for example, 5kW. To overcome this problem RenewableUK introduced the Small Wind Turbine Performance and Safety Standard. As part of the MCS approval process the approved wind turbine has to be measured against this standard. This will result in additional information being available in the form of a summary report which will help you assess the likely performance of one turbine against another.
In general terms the information includes:
A turbine which meets the requirements of the BWEA small wind turbine standard will have a label (which should be used on all product literature and advertising) which looks like this:
Evidence of compliance with the Standard is required before small wind turbines (up to 50kW) can be certified through MCS, as set out in MCS006.
There are no national grants available to householders to help cover the cost of installing a small wind turbine.
We strongly recommend that you choose a system and installer that are certified by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS); this will help you to ensure the quality of your installation and the level of customer care that you receive. To be eligible for payments through the Feed in Tariff, your turbine must be installed by an MCS-certified installer.
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