In 2020, the U.S. wind power industry developed at its fastest pace ever. The country bet on this industry – the number of wind turbines in the U.S. almost doubled compared to 2019. The figure reached a record high, Bloomberg writes.
The total capacity of the new installations was 17 gigawatts, enough to power more than five million homes. All in all, wind farms in the USA provide about 122 gigawatts of capacity. This is enough to provide 38 million homes with energy.
Earlier it became known that in the largest onshore wind park in Europe Markbygden (being built in Sweden) is going to install giant wind turbines with a height of 300 meters. Their size will be comparable to the height of the Eiffel Tower.
It is planned that by the end of the decade the park will have 1,101 installations. They will provide about eight percent of Sweden’s electricity needs. The total capacity of wind electrical power plants in Europe reached 153,7 GW last year, yielding only to thermal power plants (operating on natural gas). At the same time, the energy generated by wind turbines accounted for 10.4 percent of the total electricity consumption in European countries.