« Telling Noah Miliband it's only a fable | Main | Olympic Gold Goes To...... »

Windmills - The Economic (Basket)Case

The Government has announced today
the details of the proposed feed-in tariff for microgeneration from systems like small wind turbines and solar photovoltaics. The new tariff will pay for all energy generated by your system, irrespective of if you use it yourself or sell it back to the grid. The amounts paid are in addition to any saving you will make by purchasing less electricity from your supplier and any income you earn from selling your surplus power to your electricty supplier.

The key points of the announcement are:

- 36.5p/kWh for small solar photovoltaic systems up to 4kW and 28p/kWh for systems up to 10kW.
- 23.0p/kWh for small wind turbines between 1.5kW and 15kW.

Am I understanding this right? If I put up a windmill in my garden as well as any grants I get for doing so I get to use the electricity it produces and I'm paid for it as well. And people wonder if this is a sane energy policy!


How do those rates compare to what people are actually paying for electricity in the UK. They seem very high compared to what we pay in the US.

Post a comment