There is a lot you will need to do before you can install your wind turbine and we’ve listed these below. Apply to CARES for financial support during your preparation, if required.

  • Contract with an appropriate consultant to review the potential site(s).
  • If the site is leased, secure commitment or heads of terms from landlord
  • Potential viability must be determined early and should include:
    • discussing planning requirements with your Local Planning Officer
    • a desktop assessment of wind resource and turbulence
    • a desktop assessment of road and site access
    • consideration of all neighbouring properties (noise and flicker)
    • discussing grid connections with the Distribution Network Operator
    • a desktop assessment of geology and mining, if required.

For each site, the consultant should provide a written report including:

  • the extent of any Environmental Impact Assessment required
  • the potential for planning objections related to radar issues
  • suitability of ground, access and relationship to neighbours
  • any other key risks and challenges for each site
  • an estimate of project scale, costs and programme
  • options in relation to a future power purchase agreement (PPA). View our webinar about PPAs on YouTube.