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Energy source: wind

Photo: Cwm Rheidol Hydroelectric Scheme

Royd Moor wind farm consists of thirteen 500kW turbines with a maximum output of 6.5MW.

What is wind energy?

Wind has been used for a long time to make sailing boats move and windmills work. Now, giant wind turbines use the force of the wind to turn electricity generators. Where lots of these turbines are built in one place, it is known as a wind farm. Wind energy is the fastest-growing form of renewable energy in the UK.

How a wind turbine works

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  • There are 20 wind farms over 25MW capacity in the UK.
  • Most of these are located in Scotland, and the west coast of England and Wales.
  • Wind energy supplies 0.5% of the UK's electricity.
  • A 25MW wind farm can supply enough electricity for 16,000 homes.