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For the wind generator I have chosen a Future Energy 48 volt, 1000w wind turbine, these are made in the UK and I think represent excellent value for money. For any one that is interested, they are manufactured in the same town that William Shakespeare was born.

The specification of the Future Energy can be found on their web site by clicking the image above.
As I want the electricity that is produced by the turbine to be added to my household supply, my first choice was a SMA Windy Boy 1100LV Grid Tied Mains Inverter, it is clearly the Rolls Royce of Inverters due to the high manufacturing quality.

Unfortunately that is where the admiration of 1100LV ends. For a unit that is so costly it does have a number of restrictions and I was informed of these after the unit was purchased.
  • Permanent damage will occur if the DC supply voltage exceeds 60 volts, (easily done) an additional voltage regulator may cost in the region of £600.00, this is starting to make the 1100LV an expensive option.
  • Once installed software is required to enable the 'turbine' mode to be switched on, the USB interface cable required to do this may cost in the region of £150.00. Yet more expense.
  • Support emails sent to SMA via their web site are seldom returned, this is very poor considering the cost of SMA's products.
I felt that I had no other choice but to return the 1100LV to the supplier for credit. My second choice of Inverter was a Mastervolt Windmaster 500, this is quite an amazing little unit manufactured in Holland and it does everything that you want it to at a low cost. However it doesn't have a large heat sink on the top like the 1100LV and relies upon a fan for cooling, (my only gripe). Due to it being a 500w unit, two will be required to run in parallel with the Future Energy Wind Turbine.

The connections on the Windmaster are simple, a DC positive and negative connector, the AC output cable that will connect to a Micro Generation meter and a RG11 connection for the serial interface cable.
I have opted for 16 x 20watt Solar panels at 12volts. They will be wired in series in banks of four giving a 48 volt output. I have a fear that if at some point one get's damaged it will be cheaper to replace a single 20 watt panel that say a larger 80 watt panel of the same rating.

For the Solar inverter I have kept a little continuity and have chosen a Mastervolt Soladin Inverter, this looks and feels exactly the same as a Windmaster but the software programming is suited to Solar generation, again it's easy to install and represents good value for money.

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