Home-blown renewables

John Muriale with the wind turbine on his property.
John Muriale with the wind turbine on his property.

City of Swan approved the wind turbine in March under the condition it would not make excessive noise.

Earlier this year, Mr Muriale was seeking a green energy choice that would cut his power bills and help his home become more self-sufficient.

After researching solar, he decided the drawbacks of regular cleaning, uncertainty over stopping solar during emergencies and the gradual decrease in performance over time made wind- generated energy a more enticing option.

Australia has some of the best wind resources in the world, especially in the southern parts of the continent.

The mean 9am and 3pm wind speed for Perth Airport is 14.2km/h and 18.7km/h respectively.

Mr Muriale said his wind turbine started when winds reached 5mps, or 18km/h, and could produce up to 1.8 kilowatts of power.

‘In summer and winter, you always have wind here,’ he said. ‘I’m not sure of the power savings yet but I think it will be a huge difference.

‘In Europe, homes with wind turbines are much more common and I believe eventually Perth will catch on.’

According to Australia’s Clean Energy Council, about 3.1 million Australians now live or work beneath a set of solar panels. Wind power data only exists for large-scale wind farms.