Sunday, July 13, 2014

Windmill Farm

Windmill Farm

I photographed a windmill farm near the town of St. Lawrence on the Burin Peninsula during a photo shoot on June 28, 2014.  The 9 large structures produce 27 megawatts of power, enough to meet the electricity of around 7000 homes.  There is another farm in Fermeuse that also produces 27 megawatts of power.

I was quite impressed by the windmill farm in St. Lawrence and wondered why there aren't more wind farms around the island of Newfoundland and Labrador.  We have the space and definitely have the wind to produce enough green energy to supply most of the province. 

The windmills certainly aren't an eyesore and there doesn't appear to have been a lot of damage to the environment during the construction phase.  According to literature distributed by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, the benefits of the 18 windmills in the province:
  • Reduction in fuel consumption by over 300,000 barrels,
  • Reduction in sulphur dioxide emissions by 969 tones,
  • Reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 149,000 tones,
  • Generation of green energy for almost 14,000 homes.

My question is: If the two windmill farms are actually working and are so good for the environment, why aren't there more windmill farms around the province?

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