Donnachadh McCarthy's Camberwell home

Donnachadh McCarthy's home in Camberwell, London became the first house in London to get planning permission for a domestic sized grid-connected wind turbine in 2003.

Donnachadh McCarthy's home in Camberwell, London became the first house in London to get planning permission for a domestic sized grid-connected wind turbine in 2003.  The turbine was installed in November 2005 and is a Stealthgen D400, which is rated at 400watts.

The full installation cost about £3,000. The turbine has been operating well through the winter, with no noise problems reported whatsoever by the neighbours.

There have however been some vibrational issues which have recently been reduced by replacement of original turbine bearings. There have also been teething problems with the inverter which is an adaptation of one used for solar electric installations.  A better adapted inverter is due to be installed in August 2006. Due to this problem the turbine has only been producing 30-40 watts instead of 200-300 watts.

It is planned to have full vibration, noise and output monitoring installed over the coming months, once the inverter problems have been overcome.

Donnachadh has however in the meantime persuaded his local council, following presentations to the Public Inquiry, to adopt supportive policies for both wind and solar energy in it's new Unitary Development Plan. The council had initially stated that wind energy was not suitable for the entire borough!

Further information on Donnachadh's home which was also the first in London to sell solar electricity to London Elecrticity in 1999 can be found at www.3acorns.co.uk