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What are wind power systems?
Wind turbines use aerodynamic blades to utilise the wind to turn rotors, generating a clean and economic supply of electricity which can be used individually or connected to a grid system.

What are the benefits?
Wind power produces a clean, renewable source of energy, producing no C02  emissions, greenhouse gases or waste products.  The UK receives 40% of the total wind energy in Europe so wind turbines offer a tremendous opportunity to save on fuel bills from a plentiful and low-cost source.  Excess energy produced can be resold to energy companies, resulting in further cost savings.

How does it work?
Wind turbines generate direct current electricity (DC) which can be stored in batteries and converted to alternating current (AC - mains electricity).  Alternatively, wind systems can also be connected to the national electricity grid and converted to AC, allowing excess power to be exported and resold to the electricity supplier. 

Grants available
The Community Sustainable Energy Programme (CSEP) is an open grants programme run by BRE, an award partner of the Big Lottery Fund. Part of the Fund's Changing Spaces programme, CSEP has been set up to help not-for-profit community based organisations in England to reduce their energy bills and environmental impact. Both capital and project development grants are available under this scheme. Capital grants are available for the purchase and installation of a range of low carbon technologies such as solar water heating, photovoltaics or wood fuelled boilers, along with various energy efficiency measures such as cavity wall insulation. Project Development Grants are available for feasibility studies. See http://www.communitysustainable.org.uk/

More information - British Wind Energy Association

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