11.9 Gigawatts Of Wind Capacity Installed In The Americas In 2018

Clean Technica | February 11, 2019

Total installed wind capacity in North, Central, and South America increased to 135 gigawatts (GW) in 2018 with the addition of 11.9 GW of new wind capacity, an increase of 12% on 2017, according to new figures published by the Global Wind Energy Council. The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) released the figures last week, a sneak peek at numbers from its upcoming Global Wind Report, the Council’s annual flagship report which is due for release in April. The pre-publication data shows that North, Central, and South America installed a total of 11.9 GW in 2018, up 12% on 2017, and bringing the region’s cumulative wind energy capacity to 135 GW.

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The solar for cold-storage facilities is very relevant just because it's a very stable energy load. They have the fridges on 24 hours a day, seven days a week and the solar energy can cover about 40% of their load. The return on investment on this particular site is 4.6 years until the system pays for itself. We set that up conservatively with a 3% increase on their rate of power, over the next 25 years. So the site here at this cold-storage facility has got a 210 kilowatt system - it's going to save them $80,000 dollars in the first year. At the 25 year mark, the system will still be producing and they'll have a total saving of $1.6 million dollars. We get to these figures because we analyze the interval data for the site, we design the system to suit their actual requirements that they need. Through that data we get at every 15 minutes, it's very accurate, then we base that on weather data from the Bureau of Meteorology that goes back 20 years.

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The solar for cold-storage facilities is very relevant just because it's a very stable energy load. They have the fridges on 24 hours a day, seven days a week and the solar energy can cover about 40% of their load. The return on investment on this particular site is 4.6 years until the system pays for itself. We set that up conservatively with a 3% increase on their rate of power, over the next 25 years. So the site here at this cold-storage facility has got a 210 kilowatt system - it's going to save them $80,000 dollars in the first year. At the 25 year mark, the system will still be producing and they'll have a total saving of $1.6 million dollars. We get to these figures because we analyze the interval data for the site, we design the system to suit their actual requirements that they need. Through that data we get at every 15 minutes, it's very accurate, then we base that on weather data from the Bureau of Meteorology that goes back 20 years.

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