Wind turbines use the power of the wind to create energy. The electricity generated by the wind turbine travels through a controller via an underground cable trench. The controller makes sure the turbine is operating within safe limits then passes power through to an inverter where it is converted into power of the same voltage and frequency as normal electricity from the grid. Your wind turbine is connected to Aurora’s electricity network through a digital import/export meter.
Micro wind turbines suit the needs of a domestic dwelling or small business. These are less than 100kW maximum capacity and are most commonly in the range 1–10kW.
Small wind turbine would supply power to a school, community organisation or small business, and are most commonly 10kW – 1mW
Large wind turbines are those used on wind farms for utility scale power generation and are generally 1–10mW.
You will need to obtain specialist advice when choosing an appropriate type of wind turbine. If your site has a good wind resource which generates more power than your home or business uses, your meter actually reverses direction and spins backwards, sending any excess electricity back into Aurora’s electricity grid.