It takes a wind turbine 3-6 months to recoup the energy that goes into producing, operating and recycling the wind turbine after its 20 to 25 year lifetime.
The largest wind turbine in the world is the Vestas 8 MW turbine with a rotor diameter of 164 meters
The amount of people employed by the wind power sector in 2030 worldwide according to GWEO 2014 advanced scenario.
The amount of Chinese homes powered by wind energy (total capacity 114,609 MW) at the end of 2014 (source: The Economist, 1 August 2015)
The number of people employed worldwide by the wind industry in 2013
The amount of million cubic meters of water use avoided by wind energy in the EU, equivalent to the average annual household water use of nearly 7 million EU citizens (source: EWEA).
In 2014, wind power avoided over 608 million tonnes of CO2 emissions globally.
The record number of GW of wind power installed in 2014, bringing the total installed global capacity to more than 369.6 GW at the end of 2014.
The percentage of global electricity supplied by wind power.
The number of wind turbines spinning around the world at the end of 2014.
In total, 11% of the UK’s electricity was generated by wind last year - up from 9.5% in 2014. Wind provided enough electricity to meet the needs of more than 8.25 million homes (more than 30% of UK households) - up from 6.7 million homes last year.
The number of average EU households that one 6 MW offshore turbine can power.
The number of parts a wind turbine has
The amount of water in litres that wind power can save per MWh against other energy sources (source: US Department of Energy).
There are now more than 400 wind turbines creating electricity throughout South Africa
ZAR 101 billion
The total projected value of goods and services to be procured from broad-based black economic empowerment suppliers.
The amount that wind energy is now cheaper than forecast prices for Eskom’s new-build coal plants.
projects that have already been selected as part of the REIPPPP, attracting
ZAR 91.1 billion
The amount already committed to various development initiatives under the REIPPPP according to the Department of Energy
Average time for the 10 wind projects to reach commercial operation so far in South Africa (1.8years).
The number that investment in renewables grew in one year between 2011 and 2012 – the first year of the REIPPPP
ZAR 193 billion
the amount that has been committed to wind energy through private sector investment
of the total funds committed to wind energy comes from foreign investment – R53.2bn. This equals 85.8% of total direct foreign investment in South Africa last year.
ZAR 1.8 billion
The amount CSIR reports wind energy produced in net savings during the first half of 2015. Wind was also cash positive for Eskom by R300 million.