Wind turbines
You can generate electricity at home with small-scale wind turbines. Wind turbines harness the power of the wind and use it to generate electricity. About 40 per cent of all wind energy in Europe blows over the UK, making it an ideal country for domestic turbines (known as microwind or small-wind turbines). A typical system in an exposed site can easily generate more power than your lights and electrical appliances use.
The benefits of wind turbines
Cut your electricity bills: Wind is free, so once you've paid for the initial installation your electricity costs will be reduced. Get paid for what you generate: Through Feed-in Tariffs, you get paid for the electricity you generate even if you use it. What you don't use, you can export to the local grid - and get paid for that too. Cut your carbon footprint: Wind electricity is green, renewable energy and doesn't release any harmful carbon dioxide or other pollutants. Store electricity for a calm day: If your home isn't connected to the national grid you can store excess electricity in batteries and use it when there is no wind.
How do wind turbines work?
Wind turbines use large blades to catch the wind. When the wind blows, the blades are forced round, driving a turbine which generates electricity. The stronger the wind, the more electricity produced. Here are two types of domestic-sized wind turbine: Pole mounted: these are free standing and are erected in a suitably exposed position, often about 5kW to 6kW. Building mounted: these are smaller than mast mounted systems and can be installed on the roof of a home where there is a suitable wind resource. Often these are around 1kW to 2kW in size.
Agriculture
By investing in clean wind energy generation, farmers and rural land owners can promote environmental sustainability and energy security, while receiving long-term financial returns. Installing wind turbines can reduce energy costs and ‘green’ your farming operations. In Nova Scotia, cooperatives are eligible to participate in the provincial COMFIT program, provided they meet the necessary requirements
Business
Installing a wind turbine for your business or commercial needs is a great way to generate your own power or stabilize your energy costs. Given the amount of electricity your business needs, and the wind resources you have on site, your business can directly benefit from a wind turbine.
Community
Investing in wind energy is a great method for communities to express their views and educate the public about environmental and social responsibilities. In addition, wind turbines can provide electricity savings and long-term revenue gains, while helping achieve local energy security. In Nova Scotia, many different communities are eligible for the COMFIT program such as Mi’kmaq Band Councils, Not-for-Profits, and CEDIF Groups. These community groups have the opportunity to reduce their environmental footprints and earn money over the long-term by investing in wind.
Municipalities
Investing in wind energy projects provides municipalities with a means of reducing their carbon footprint, and an additional revenue stream. Wind turbines are symbols of both environmental stewardship and community leadership and promote renewable energy within the region. Nova Scotia municipalities or wholly owned subsidiaries are eligible to participate in the provincial COMFIT program, provided they meet the necessary requirements.
Schools and Universities
Wind energy projects provide schools and universities with opportunities to invest intelligently in the growing renewable energy sector. Not only can wind turbines serve as a learning tool for students and the wider community, they generate revenue thereby assisting the institutions with additional cash flow. In Nova Scotia, universities are eligible to participate in the provincial COMFIT program, provided they meet the necessary requirements.

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