Windmills are a common site on the Island where they are mostly used to complement solar panels or a generator for power generation. The Island has bountiful wind resources and windmills take advantage of this, generating power both day and night as long as the wind is blowing.
In general a good site for a windmill is one that provides a clean airflow of 16km/hr or more, not too close to the house because of the noise, and not too far away because of the loss of power when transmitting it to the house.
They do face a range of problems even if situated in the right place. Noise can be a major concern and isn’t constant with the turbine speeding up with the wind and then slowing down when it starts to generate power. High winds can also be a factor with some windmills needing to be taken down when severe weather approaches. Wind turbines also require more maintenance than solar panels or microhydro units due to the moving parts and exposure to the conditions.
600W turbine cost example
A low cost 1.8m diameter turbine that can generate 276W at a windspeed of 40kmph.
Rutland 600W turbine
The Rutland 600W turbine with a 12 or 24V controller can be self installed.
1.5 kW turbine cost example
A 1.5kW turbine that can generate 1400W at a windspeed of 40kmph.
Windspot 1.5kW turbine
Comes with a 5.8m mast and controller for a 24 or 48V DC Coupled system.
3.5 kW turbine cost example
A 3.5kW turbine that can generate 3000W at a windspeed of 40kmph.
Windspot 3.5kW turbine
Comes with a 5.8m mast and controller for a 48V DC Coupled system.
Last updated on the 19-06-2016