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Wind power is one of the most efficient forms of renewable energy. But it does require the right site and conditions.
If, when considering a site for a potential wind power development, you can’t answer yes to the following questions, then you should probably ask yourself if other low carbon projects would be more appropriate for your community.
Is the site windy?
An increase in wind speed results in a cubed increase in the power generated – so if the wind speed doubles, the turbine will produce eight times as much power. If the site isn't windy for a lot of the time, or has obstructions in the form of trees, hills or buildings, then it may not be a good place for a wind turbine.
Is there space for a sufficiently large turbine?
As wind turbines get bigger, they become more efficient. Much more efficient. For this reason it's better to put up a single big turbine then several small ones.
Check out the resources on the right for more help and guidance on setting up a community wind project.