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Drawdown Ecochallenge: On Shore Wind Turbines

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Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Portland

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Wind turbines are rapidly becoming cost competitive with electricity generated by coal-fired power plants, which is good news since Project Drawdown ranks on-shore wind turbines as the second most effective strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  What's more, they can be built to power a single home or an entire island; they have small footprints, occupying a small fraction of the land they sit on; and they can be built fairly quickly.  

Read the stories in this collection (see below) to learn how farmers on the Danish island of Samso are powering their island and selling the surplus to the mainland; about the booming wind energy economy in Texas;  how a resourceful Malawian teen built a wind turbine from basic household materials; and how Wind for Prosperity is refurbishing used components from wind turbines in Europe and using the material to construct new turbines in the global south. 

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Stories In This Collection (4)

The Island in the Wind

The Island in the Wind
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Harnessing the Wind with Scrap

Harnessing the Wind with Scrap
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Refurbished Wind Turbines to Power the Developing World at a Profit

Refurbished Wind Turbines to Power the Developi...
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The One and Only Texas Wind Boom

The One and Only Texas Wind Boom
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