For a little more wind turbine awesomeness, check out these fun facts:
- Wind power accounted for 42% of new US power capacity last year, more than any other electricity source.
- The cost of wind power has come down about 29% over in the past 5 years, and from about 30¢ per kilowatt-hour 10 years ago to 4¢ per kilowatt-hour today. Wind power is now the cheapest option for new electricity in many if not most places in the world.
- Wind turbines are getting huge. There are now wind turbines being developed that are so big a helicopter can land on top of them. The size of the average wind turbine has grown tremendously in the past several years. Take a look at these infographics for more on that:
Wind power is one of the most critical solutions to the global warming crisis we are now facing (see graph below). Wind power also doesn’t produce wind or water pollution, and it uses less water than other electricity options, far less than nuclear power, coal power, or natural gas power (solar PV power also uses a tiny amount of water, but still quite a bit more than wind power).
One more time: like a boss!
*Full Disclosure: This post was supported by Siemens through Be On. That said, I wouldn’t have covered it if I didn’t think it was worth covering, and nobody from Siemens or Be On had any influence over what I wrote above.