Having a full (4kw) domestic solar array what are the possibilities of hooking up a wind turbine? The inverter is underused from september to april, and these are the windiest months. If we are serious about sustainable energy, the many people with solar panels should be encouraged to invest in wind generated electricity. The possession of an inverter hooked up to the grid changes the economics of wind turbines favourably
Hello. Assuming you could add a wind turbine you would also need a "change over switch" to change from one input to the other, (Solar to wind, or wind to solar) I suspect it will be more than a few pennies.
Also if wind turbines are as good as you believe why is it more people don't have them? Surprisingly wind turbines (even small ones) require a high constant wind speed to be of use, something you will not get in towns. (unless they are mounted on a very tall pole or other high rise building.)
I would be interested to know how you get on, I would like a wind turbine, but seems there is not enough wind round here to make one viable.
Thankyou. Changeover would not be a huge problem, as in winter there is not much solar generation. It would be easier to resolve if there were a amps/ kilowatts limit built in as the supplier limits domestics to 4kw (16 panels), though why they need to is beyond me as the incoming cable is capable of carrying 20kw (80 amp main fuse X 240 volts = 19.2 kw, though I guess if your neighbours are all exporting there could be limits upline ) . My point was that possession of an inverter and grid connection (needed for the solar installation) changes the economics of wind generation as those items would not need to be duplicated if there was enough capacity, certainly true in winter. We are in a remote location, with an open approach to the south west. I envisaged a small generator 1+ kw on a 20 foot scaffold pole winched up a telegraph pole so about 40 ft overall.
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