Although the focus of our writing may well be campaigning against the improper planning of wind farms in the UK, every now and again it’s worth taking a look at how other countries implement their own wind farm strategies.
America is not a land well known for it’s healthy stance on green energy.
This is, after all, the country that guzzled over 140 million gallons of gasoline in 2015 alone.
However, that doesn’t mean that our friends on the other side of the pond aren’t still trying to turn back the tide on their energy consumption methods.
There are a few things needed to get a responsibly placed Wind Farm into development:
Energy companies need millions of dollars, in order to invest in the best technology so that their farms will stand the test of time (the industry standard is at least 25 years). Wind farms do not come cheap. Singular turbines alone, depending on the wattage output, can cost anywhere from around $375,000 to nearly $4,000,000.
Considering that a new wind farm development will usually consist of at least 10 turbines, then factor in the cost of infrastructure, as well as wiring the farm up to the grid, and the cost of construction soon rises into the stratosphere. Luckily, America has the largest GDP in the world and investment is never short in supply.
Having millions of dollars to throw at a project is all well and good, but without the right technical specifications the project could well go up in smoke.
Although you might not initially associate the US with a burgeoning passion for Renewable Energy solutions, there are multitudes of companies that contribute to the Technology industry.
They’re not all necessarily giant conglomerates either. Companies, such as Wall Industries, operate on a smaller scale, providing custom built power converters and power supplies that are crucial in the production of America’s rising wind farms. Instead of being forced to outsource outside of the country, like the UK often has to, American projects can look to their own shores for the components they need – further bolstering their own economy.
The last key ingredient you need is something that America has in abundance…
A casual glance at a map will tell even the biggest Geography dunce that America’s massive land mass, around 9.8 million square kilometres, leaves plenty of space for wind farm developments.
Unlike our dinky island here (the UK’s land mass amounts to less than 250,000 square kilometres) America’s seemingly endless reams of lands remain largely unoccupied. In fact, after a census taken in 2014, it was found that 47% of the country still remains empty. This make large swathes of America ideal locations for wind farms.
Of course, in the wake of the recent inauguration of a certain President, it remains to be seen whether Renewable Energy will get the support it needs for the US to make the most of their significant advantages in the world of Wind Power…