The Global Wind Industry sets a new record for 2021 and these are our takeaways
The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has recently released the global wind report for 2021 and let’s just say things have been windy for the industry.
For starters, the global wind industry set a new annual record in the past year of 93 gigawatt installations around the world. This is a significant 53% increase compared to the past years even in the face of a global pandemic. In the past decade there has been substantial growth and development in the number of new wind energies. Asia and Europe have played a major role in the growth of the wind industry and are projected to continue growing three to five times its current capacity by the year 2025.
According to GWEC, “A minimum of 180 gigawatts of new wind energy must be captured annually to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.” North America is slowly following the wind trends of Europe and Asia. Although it is moving progressively in the right direction, there is much more growth potential to be captured from the continent.
The reason BES feels the need to point out this statistic is because of the role Canada can play in capturing more wind. According to the Government of Canada, “a single installation of six 65 kW wind turbines in Newfoundland is expected to produce approximately 1 million kWh of electricity a year and reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 750 tonnes.” Canada’s geography and abundance of land makes it an ideal location to produce wind energy. That being said, large wind turbines are not the only way to produce more wind energy. Small microgeneration wind turbines such as the Anorra are also great at getting the job done. These turbines are ideal for northern/remote areas, cottages or even tiny homes. There are many benefits of using microgeneration wind turbines for residential purposes. To name a few, they lower the size of your carbon footprint, reduce your electricity bills, and lastly there might be some government incentives set up to encourage clean energy and make the transition easier such as rebates.
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