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Wind Turbines

How do wind turbines work? Wind turbines generate electricity by using the power of the wind to turn blades connected to a generating set. Turbines range in size from the micro (sub-1.5kW) to huge offshore class machines of 7MW. Wind turbines can either be sited individually or grouped together in “farms”.

The key requirement is a good wind resource with an average annual wind speed upwards of 5 metres per second (12mph). The ideal site should be well elevated with little obstacle to the wind that might cause turbulence, be over 500m from residential properties and close to a National Grid connection point.


  • Payback times can be shorter than other technologies.
  • Large amounts of electricity will be produced in areas with reliable wind speed.
  • Installations are available in many different power outputs to suit a wide range of circumstances.


  • Planning permission can be a lengthy and expensive process.
  • Schemes can be controversial.
  • Electricity output will vary depending on wind conditions.

How you benefit

The majority of rural properties, due to their location and often historic nature, will require bespoke renewable energy solutions. Our specialists can appraise your property and provide advice on which technologies would be sensible for your circumstances and how they might work for you.

We have been developing expertise in this field for many years, and as such we have developed a wealth of knowledge and contacts to enable us to provide accurate information and advice. Knight Frank deals with such a diverse range of properties that we have real hands on experience of how best to improve the environmental credentials, and the productivity, of any number of different buildings.

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