Wind Energy Facts
Worldwide wind power
Over 80 countries around the world now have commercial wind power installations, including Mongolia and Pakistan. More projects are under development in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania.
Gathering strengthThe size of commercial wind turbines can vary between 250 kw and 6 MW.
A 5 MW turbine can produce more than 15 million kWh in a year. This is enough to power 1,500 to 15,000 households, depending on their average electricity consumption.
Offshore wind turbines can produce more electricity due to better wind conditions.
Wind energy has become very efficient and, in many cases, onshore wind is competitive with or even cheaper than nuclear or fossil fuels. Offshore wind is still relatively expensive and needs support to grow and achieve economies of scale.
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Wind power and nature conservation
A single 1.5 MW wind turbine over its lifetime can save about 80,000 tonnes of brown coal.
The future of wind energy lies in large-scale, onshore and offshore wind parks that connect to regional super grids to provide clean and efficient electricity.