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Wind Energy -- Where Bigger Is Better

DATE POSTED:January 11, 2019

Bigger is almost always better in the wind industry, whether we're talking about the size of the wind turbine or the size of a wind farm. The latest developments in the industry have turbines reaching almost 10 megawatts (MW), enough to power 2,210 homes (using 221 homes per MW). A solar farm with only a few wind turbines could produce enough power for a small town and a big one, like the 1,550 MW Alta Wind Energy Center in California, could generate enough power for a small city. 

As wind turbines get bigger, their costs continue to come down, which should help the industry grow. Companies like Vestas Wind Systems (NASDAQOTH: VWSYF) and General Electric (NYSE: GE) are pushing the limits of what wind farms can do. 

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