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22 Sep 2008 05:09:06

Small wind turbine installations to double

Small wind turbine installations to double
Small wind turbines are set to go up around the UK at twice the rate they did last year, according to a report from the renewable energy trade association BWEA.

The BWEA Small Wind Systems UK Market report claims that 7,844 small wind systems - those which generate less than 50kW of electricity – will be installed this year, compared to 3,549 last year.

According to the BWEA, a small wind turbine with a rating of 11kW, which lasts 20 years, will pay for itself within five years.

The report claims that the UK has the best wind resources in the world and expects the market in 2009 to almost double again to 13,611 installations.

However, the planning process continues to be a barrier to growth, according to BWEA small systems manager Alex Murley.

He said: "Two years after government promised to tackle this issue, industry, local authorities and consumers are still waiting for detailed planning guidance and Permitted Development Rights to be issued."

The department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform's microgeneration strategy provided £86 million in capital grants for microgeneration technologies as part of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme.

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