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10 Cool Things About Wind Energy Global Wind Day 15 June 2015
Climate change is happening. Wind energy is part of the solution. 15 June 2015 * 10 Cool Things About Wind Energy It’s a cleaner, more sustainable alternative to generation from fossil fuels.
Unlike many countries in the world, in New Zealand wind energy isn’t subsidised. 15 June 2015 * 10 Cool Things About Wind Energy It doesn’t need to be, as we’re blessed with the Roaring 40s (strong westerly winds in the southern hemisphere) and have world-class expertise in building economic wind farms.
Wind energy contributes to electricity generation, directly and indirectly, when national demand is at its peak. 15 June 2015 * 10 Cool Things About Wind Energy It’s likely that a wind farm somewhere in New Zealand is generating in every peak period. If not, water stored in the country’s hydro lakes, while the wind is blowing, can be used to fuel generation at peak times.
In New Zealand, wind energy is about three times cheaper than solar energy. 15 June 2015 * 10 Cool Things About Wind Energy Every country’s different, and the cost of technology is forever changing. Solar definitely has its place for homes and businesses looking to be more sustainable.
Wellington is one of the windiest cities in the world, some might argue the windiest. 15 June 2015 * 10 Cool Things About Wind Energy The region is home to two of Meridian’s wind farms, which generate enough electricity to power all the homes of Wellington City and half of Lower Hutt.
Wind energy contributes approximately 6% of the country’s electricity demand. 15 June 2015 * 10 Cool Things About Wind Energy According to the NZ Wind Energy Association, this is likely to reach 20% by 2030. The growth of wind energy is key to reaching the Government’s target of 90% renewable generation by 2025.
Meridian Energy is the largest generator of wind energy in New Zealand. 15 June 2015 * 10 Cool Things About Wind Energy Meridian’s five NZ wind farms have a total installed capacity of 416MW – that’s about 60% of the country’s total.
Wind as a source for electricity generation is more predictable than you might think. 15 June 2015 * 10 Cool Things About Wind Energy Month to month, year to year, the contribution of wind energy is pretty consistent and reliable – even more so than hydro.
The first wind turbine to be erected in New Zealand was the Brooklyn turbine in 1992. 15 June 2015 * 10 Cool Things About Wind Energy This well-loved Wellington landmark has set international production records for a turbine of its size.
Today, 15 June, is Global Wind Day Happy Global Wind Day from Meridian Energy ? New Zealand’s largest generator of renewable energy! 10 Cool Things About Wind Energy * 15 June 2015