DIY store to sell wind turbinesB&Q launching new products to help save energy

29 September 2006

A DIY chain is launching a new range of budget-priced wind turbines and solar panels from next month to help householders generate their own energy.

The turbines will cost £1,498 and fit on to domestic roofs and transmit electricity directly into household wiring, according to B&Q.

The solar panels, which come in packs of two, will cost the same.

Householders should ask their local council whether planning permission is needed for the 10ft-high wind turbines, the chain's customer advice brochure says.

The company says householders should see the turbines pay for themselves within four to five years based on average wind speeds and current energy prices.

It's also increasing its range of energy efficient devices such as low energy lightbulbs.

B&Q will sell the solar panels and the wind turbines from its larger stores and its website.

B&Q Chief Executive Ian Cheshire said: 'B&Q is responding to a genuine consumer interest in environmental issues by helping everyone to see that taking a few simple steps can save money and the environment, at the same time.'

Electrical retailer Currys started selling solar panels as part of a trial scheme in the summer.

B&Q said the wind turbines, which are made in Scotland, could be eligible for a 30 per cent grant from the Energy Saving Trust.

The solar panels are made in Germany and Slovenia.