Friday, March 13, 2009

Large Scale

On the large-scale utilization of wind turbines, Germany, Spain, United States, India and Denmark have invested the most in wind electricity. From table 2, Germany leads the world with about 21,000 total wind power capacity, then follows Spain with 12,800, the U.S. with 13,800, India with 7,200 and Denmark with 3,000 MW.

Installed Windpower Capacity

Canada is starting to do very well compare to other countries by doubling the wind power capacity in 2006, giving them the 10th position with 1,670 MW wind power capacity presently. More investments into wind electricity generation are undergoing nationwide. For example, the federal government has just invested 53 Million over ten years to the Prince Wind Energy Farm located in Sault Ste. Marie. This investment will allow the installations of 126 wind turbines which could generate 189 MW of electricity for 40,000 homes. Another example, a wind farm of 200 MW is being installed for 2008 near Kingston in Ontario. Approximately 86 wind turbines with a capacity of 2.3 MW each will be installed for this Wolfe Island Wind project.

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