Rural Areas and Small Communities
Wind energy generators are in rural locations for the simple reason that they need to be out in the open. That means construction companies must use gravel and asphalt surfaced roads to reach the many construction sites of the wind farm. This presents several problems to the people responsible for maintaining those roads.
A Jackson County Highway Engineer, was among a group of engineers from across southern Minnesota, has examined the issues associated with the large loads hauling wind turbine parts through the county, and the toll those heavy loads are taking on the road system.
Leading Edge Erosion and Pollution from Commercial Wind Turbine Blades: Potential for BPA Released into the Environment
Leading edge erosion is well a known and problematic issue with commercial wind turbine blades. Erosion is the reason that turbine blades need to be
Wind energy is terribly inefficient (approximately 35%) and requires another source of energy as a backup. The backup power must enable utilities to balance power