Over the past decade, wind energy has become the fastest growing source of energy in the world, with an average annual growth rate
of over 20%. Wind energy provides clean, domestic electricity that is both economical and environmentally friendly.
Wind power is a clean and renewable energy source which generates electricity in an environmentally responsible manner that is free
of air emissions or hazardous waste. By using wind energy, we are able to avoid the creation of numerous sources of air and water
pollution including sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, heavy metals, particulate matter and greenhouse gases. In addition,
wind energy is the only large-scale commercial form of power generation that uses almost no water.
Wind energy is completely renewable, sustainable and predictable. It can be used for centuries without worry about its effects on future
generations. As a gift of Mother Nature, wind is available in plenty and won’t lessen the natural resources of the world.
Wind is one of the least expensive sources of new, large-scale electricity generation. As the fuel (wind) is free of cost, wind energy
provides a stable price for power production. Production becomes even cheaper when economies of scale are reached and as
technology continues to advance.
RELIABLE AND EFFICIENT:
Wind energy systems require minimal maintenance and have low operating expenses, unlike other power plants. Wind turbines are
very reliable and are available for generating electricity 99% of the time as compared to other energy generating sources.
STRENGTHENS RURAL COMMUNITIES:
Wind is literally the new cash crop for farmers and ranchers. Wind energy production can diversify agricultural economies and add to
the tax base. Wind energy projects keep more energy dollars in the local communities, where the projects are located, and provide
a steady income to the landowners.Wind farm projects also create local jobs and are not affected by international conflicts - unlike oil -
making them untouched by supply problems and price fluctuations.
In a nuclear or coal fired power plant, risk of accidents and daily exposure to toxins are very high, making the surrounding land
undesirable. Wind turbines installed in pastures have no harmful effects on people, crop production or livestock grazing. Wind farms
are spaced over a large geographic area, but their real footprint covers only a small portion of the farmland.