Wind Feasibility Studies
We offer two types of services for Wind Turbines, an initial FREE Desktop Study and a full on site feasibility study.
FREE Desktop Feasibility Study
The destop feasibility study is completely free and is designed to establish the viability of a project, this is carried out from the office and by telephone only. The study involves the following:
- Checking the location using google earth.
- A postcode search of the wind speed or light orientation.
- A detailed telephone conversation regarding the project.
- Clarify whether connection is available for single or three phase.
- Offer a choice of products to suit the findings of the study.
- Evaluate your pay back period.
A Full Wind Feasibility Study Includes:
- Carry out a site visit to:
- Assess the local topography with respect to wind flow and obstructions.
- Assess the potential impact on the local area including loss of visual amenity and noise.
- Inspect the local area in respect of any radar or telecommunication equipment with which a wind turbine might interfere.
- Look for available connection points to the national grid.
- Check the accessibility of the site for the delivery and installation of a wind turbine.
- After consideration of all the above determine a first view on the best location for a wind turbine or wind turbine(s).
- Consult with the client/owner to clarify their instructions and discuss local factors which may be relevant.
- Estimate the annual electrical output from a range of suitable wind turbines with appropriate adjustments for local conditions and expected wind regime.
- Analyse on-site electricity use and determine the added benefit this might bring to a wind turbine installation.
- Advise on national planning policy for wind energy schemes and highlight local factors which may affect the proposed development.
- Carry out searches for land designations that may prevent a wind turbine installation.
- Provide technical information (in electronic format where appropriate) that is likely to be required by the LPA relating to noise, visual impact and shadow flicker
- Investigate potential telecommunication issues and assess likelihood of radar impact with CAA and MOD.
- Select the most suitable turbine(s)
- Conduct an economic profile of the project. This will include estimated installation costs, Feed in Tariff payments and expected returns. Simple pay-back periods, IRR and NPVs are also given.
- Estimate the expected CO2 emission savings of the scheme.
- Prepare an initial photomontage of turbine in surrounding landscape using industry standard software and Ordnance Survey Digital Terrain data to ensure appropriate turbine positioning and scaling.
- Recommend the next course of action for each stage of the report.
- At all stages the report will identify any major constraints ("show stoppers") that may affect the proposal