Continuing advancements in wind power technology have greatly increased the amount of energy we are able to produce through this renewable source. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, our wind turbine farms were producing 6 billion kilowatt-hours in the year 2000. Last year in 2020, our wind turbine farms produced a whopping 338 billion kWh of wind energy. This accounted for 8.4% of the country's total utility-scale electricity generation.
How They Work
If you have ever received the chance to be close up to a wind turbine blade, you will notice how its shape almost resembles an airplane wing. The same aerodynamic principles lift these turbine wings and push them to turn. As the wings turn, they move mechanics in a drive shaft that powers an electric generator, thus creating electricity.
Wind vs. Solar
When compared to solar panels, wind turbines have the capability to produce a more significant amount of energy while emitting less pollutants. Unfortunately, wind energy doesn’t get the same spotlight solar energy does due to some people finding them to be an ‘eyesore’. For those based in Texas, you would be proud to know that the oil state actually ranks high in wind energy production as well. If you’re interested in lessening your carbon footprint, contact reputable solar installation companies in your area and look over their estimates. Their experts will be able to discuss any questions you may have and lead you in the right direction. For other inquiries, contact us at (210) 899-2430!