Wivey Action on Climate members visited a local wind turbine near Clatworthy on a misty morning on 30th October 2016.
The turbine was installed five years ago, but has had some operating and maintenance problems relating to wind flow from the steep valley below. It was generating during our visit and it was good to see the blades turning.
Most wind power comes from much larger turbines, but small installations, like roof-top solar, can still make a good contribution to local energy use.
In 2015, official statistics show renewable energy contributed 22-26% of the UK’s electricity (depending on calculation method) with onshore wind being the biggest contributor, followed by biomass (plant energy crops) and then offshore wind and solar.
Feed-in tariffs are still available for wind turbines and there are many turbine suppliers and installers, including:
In the Wiveliscombe area, there are at least four small wind turbines, but many siting constraints due to the landscape, grid capacity and potential interference with regional radar, including at Cobbacombe and Yeovilton.