Wind power was ironically first used for pumping water – windmills are believed to have been in use in one form or another since 900 A.D. In 1820 it was believed that there were between 5,000 and 10,000 windmills in the UK. Today, we have in the region of 3,500 wind turbines.
Clearly in the past therefore, there has been an acceptance of wind power as a source of energy – brought about by the need for power. Today, there is some reluctance in accepting wind power as an energy source, however it is becoming more apparent as we move forward that we need to have an energy mix; a mix which includes wind power as a vital part of the low carbon economy.
The development of farm scale wind generation has, like hydro power, been boosted significantly over the last number of years. Unlike large scale wind farms, local farm scale wind schemes produce electricity which can be used locally and which can have significant benefits in the form of on farm diversification.
Under the Feed in Tariff, wind turbines can yield a good return, however the risk at planning is much greater and therefore wind isn’t for the faint hearted.
North Wales Hydro Power has significant experience in the development of on farm wind schemes ranging from 50kW through to 500kW. In the same way as we operate our hydro business we can provide services in wind planning and we also offer Joint Venture opportunities with landowners and farmers, as well as the Option and Lease route. For more information on these forms of investment please see our development page.