With suitable preparation it is quite possible to erect higher towers in the UK - for example, our turbine is on an 80ft (24m) tower in a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), on the edge of a National Park. Another similar 80' tower has been erected within the North York Moors National Park, both without opposition. So don’t give up. Placing a small wind turbine on a short tower reduces both the life of the turbine and output, greatly extending the pay-back period. Many have likened it to deliberately positioning a solar panel in the shade, but actually its worse.
A number of us have been pushing for the UK Government to recognise that permitted development rights should reflect this reality, with common-sense restrictions and requirements imposed (e.g., property size, set-backs, noise, etc).
Experience elsewhere has shown that pushing ‘short’ towers can actually be counter-productive as owners are disappointed and dissatisfied and small turbines then get a bad name.
This article is a helpful aide memoire on this important aspect of a turbine installation and can be used to assist in justifying a taller tower in planning applications for small wind turbines generally.
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