Our Vestas V17 (75kW) installed in 1989/90 was dismantled in 2017. We currently have three Vestas V29 turbines, which generate up to 675kW of electricity (225kW each) installed in 2006.
Our financial year runs from November to October, so on this page “year” refers to the periods from 1st November onwards.
When the wind is blowing hard we export a surplus. On still days on-site demand exceeds supply and we draw our electricity from the national grid. There are many times when the turbines meet part of the on-site demand and this is topped up by power from the grid. For the year to 31 October 2020:
- on-site generation exceeded total demand at the Park Ecovillage by 9.4%.
- 51% of the Park Ecovillage demand was met by on-site generation.
- FWP also exported 591MWh of renewable power when the wind turbines generated more than the Park could use, reducing CO2 emissions off site.
Our current supplier for Grid based electricity is Haven Energy. We utilise a ‘green’ tariff, which means that 100% of the supply provided is from renewable sources. This is not always the case and an explanation can be found in the ‘Contracts’ section of the customer information page.
Over the last few years the increase in new properties at The Park has meant that there are more homes to supply from the same number of turbines. In years when there are lower than average winds or significant maintenance problems the percentage of on-site demand that FWP’s turbines contribute to directly is reduced.
We have investigated ways of increasing production in recent years but without success so far. One reason is that Ofgem regulations likely require us to duplicate existing infrastructure if we install new turbines.