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Why Wind Energy?
Wind Energy is the world’s fastest growing renewable energy source.
This is set to continue with falling costs of technology, energy security concerns and the urgent need to address environmental issues. Wind is a free and plentiful and emissions-free resource.
The UK has the strongest and most consistent wind speeds in Europe with a good availability of locations with a minimum wind speed of 5 metres per second. According to
the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), the UK is the windiest country in Europe and has around 40% of Europe’s total wind energy.
Wind turbines can be deployed quickly and cost effectively. The turbines require little maintenance, staff or operating overhead once they’re up and running. Wind turbines are a mature and proven technology. Since the first wind farm was built in the UK in 1991, onshore wind energy has established itself as a proven and reliable energy generating technology. In 2007 wind energy overtook hydropower to become the largest renewable generation source.
A typical 2.5MW turbine installation will generate in the order of 6.5 million units of electricity per year at 6mps. This is enough to meet the annual needs of over 1,400 households.
Turbines can operate over a long periods of time with a low environmental impact. Once built, a wind turbine emits no carbon pollution and according to the EWEA, over an average 20-year life, a wind turbine will produce 80-120 times more energy than it consumes.
Electricity from turbines reduces the demand and the need for reliance on power generated from conventional power stations. In January 2009, the existing wind turbines in the UK had the capacity to off-set the emission of 3,682,563 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum.
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