As a family we have lived at Larkhill for over twenty years. We’re in quite an isolated location and the nearest electric supply is over half a mile and £25,000 away! Having made the monumental decision to live here we then had to address our power supply. So – wind, sun, water? We initially ruled out water power as we felt that the supply would have been inadequate, and decided that, living as we do on the top of a hill, wind would be the best option. We erected two small furlmatic wind generators, and a few years later installed two solar panels that have proved to be a brilliant source of energy – when the sun shines!
Both wind and solar panels are channeled into batteries to supply a 24 volt electrical system. We’ve had some hilarious times (and some totally frustrating times) using this system and have managed to live a relatively normal life style, having all the mod cons from washing machine to computer. We increased wind power a few years ago by installing a Rutland 1803 wind turbine and also increased the battery storage capacity – this made a big difference to the amount of power available.
We have since added four more solar panels - half the size of the original ones but producing the same amount of power! and have also installed a 1 kw Future Energy wind turbine to replace the two small furlmatic wind generators.
It has taken nearly 20 years for us to get water power underway but at long last a water wheel is in place. We're not getting a huge amount of power from the system - only when we have a good deluge - but its a constant supply which trickles into the battery system. If you are interested in alternative energy we’d be only too pleased to show you how our system works.