At Cielo, we’re on a mission to reverse time and make our land, water and air pure again. We are not satisfied with simply envisioning a better future. We are actively working to create a better outlook for the environment and future generations.
Wind Power is Clean
- A 1 MW wind turbine will annually displace emissions of 1,600 tons of carbon dioxide, 9 tons of sulfur dioxide and 4 tons of nitrous oxide, and reduce smog, acid rain and greenhouse gases.
- It would take 900,000 trees to absorb the same amount of carbon dioxide that a 1 MW wind turbine displaces.
- Wind turbines require only minimal amounts of water for periodic blade cleaning. Wind energy production uses less than 1/600 of water per KW of electricity produced than nuclear power, and approximately 1/500 less than coal.
- Unlike fossil fuels and nuclear power plants, wind projects have absolutely no adverse environmental impact associated with fuel development and transportation of waste disposal.
- Wind farms require only 5% or less of total land for turbines and access roads so previous land uses (such as ranching or farming) can continue while the wind farm operates. Animals are not disturbed by the projects, and most animals will graze right up to the turbines.
- Turbular towers, UV reflective paint and underground wires discourage birds from perching in harms way and dramatically decrease bird deaths. Careful precautions are also taken so that turbines are not in the way of migratory paths.
- Improvements in turbine technology have greatly decreased turbine noise level. At site perimeter, the noise of a turbine is less than a home’s background noise.
- Unlike most energy sources, wind is free and the supply is never-ending.
Wind Power is Non-Obtrusive
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Comparison of the energy costs of building a new power plant
Securing power sources to satisfy growing populations and not harm the environment may require trade-offs.
The numbers do not take into account a carbon cap-and-trade program supported by President Barack Obama, which is likely to make fossil fuels (such as coal or natural gas) more expensive. The numbers also don’t factor in tax credits that make investments–especially in renewable–more attractive.
See the chart for the comparison of energy costs to build a new power plant.
Location: Austin American Statesman
By: Asher Price
Date: Sunday, March 15, 2009