A Closer Look at Wind Power
Green Tariffs - Changing your electricity supplier to one that sells electricity from renewable Green Energy sources - like wind and biomass - is a great start. By law, all electricity suppliers must prove they have bought or generated the equivalent of 0.03 unit (3%) of green electricity for every unit they sell. Every unit of green electricity generated comes with a certificate of proof that it is green.
National Grid Wind Power - There are a variety of projects in the UK, whereby individuals can group together to invest in wind turbines, Local and community ownership of wind projects, ranging from 100% ownership of small projects to minor participation in larger schemes can bring significant benefits to the local community and economy see The Renewable Energy Investment Club http://www.reic.co.uk for more information on these schemes. Farmers and landowners can in some cases set up larger scale wind projects without any initial investment, but with a share in any profit, for more information see the windworks scheme run by National Power http://www.windworks.ltd.uk
Off Grid Turbines These usually require planning permission and are not practical or cost effective for most. There are grants available, see http://www.clear-skies.org for more information on funding opportunities.
If you have access to a fast flowing stream, a small hydro system may work well, and in many cases a combination of wind and solar power can be effective. See the solar page for more information.
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