Wind farms with big charm

They might cause some debate about their looks and impact on rural vistas - but here at Bulb we’re big fans of wind turbines. To celebrate these elegant generators that have blossomed across our horizons here’s a run through of some impressive wind farms from around the world:

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Jaisalmer Wind Park, India

The Jaisalmer Wind Park, located in Rajasthan, is the largest onshore wind park in India. The farm makes use of the wind from the Arabian Sea to produce 1,065 MW of clean energy when the wind’s blowing.

The project uses a variety of turbines with a mix of old machinery, from the 350kW models to the newer S9Xs that are capable of producing 2.1MW of power.

San Gorgonio Pass wind farm (photo: Dirk-Jan de Wilde)

San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm, CA. USA

Found on the western end of Coachella Valley in Riverside County California, this farm consists of 3,218 units able to deliver 615 MW of energy when at full tilt. It’s the oldest set of turbines in this series with construction beginning in 1980 - in fact the original device used a generator salvaged from an old rollercoaster.

In 2018 state wind projects generated at least 5,535 MW in California, which is enough energy to power 2 million homes. That year saw wind projects in the area account for 21% of total power imports.

A wind farm near Heyuan City in Guangdong, China.Credit: Haitong Yu/Getty

Heyuan City wind farm- Guangdong, China

These wind turbines are found along the ridge of the Missing Mountain in Heyuan, Guangdong, China.

China is the world’s biggest energy consumer, accounting for 24% of global energy consumption in 2018. In 2019, 58% of its consumption came from coal. However it’s well documented that the nation plans to change this, investing 0.9% of its GDP in renewables in 2015.

The sad truth for onshore wind farms like these however is that in 2020 China cut them out of their subsidies with a focus on moving to energy storage.

Terna Energy’s wind farm on Agios Georgios

Terna Energy Wind Farm - Agios Georgios, Greece

A confusingly onshore offshore farm, the 73 MW capacity wind farm on Agios Georgios, which cost €150m and opened in 2017, produces enough electricity each year for 40,000 households.

Greece has ambitions to become an energy hub in the region according to the FT. With its windy coastlines, mountains and thousands of islands like this, it’s well situated to take on more renewable generation in the coming years.

Kolskaya Wind Project - Murmansk, Russia

The largest wind farm in the Arctic Circle, the Kolskaya wind farm cost Enel Green Power €273 Million, with a 201 MW capacity. They form part of Russia’s commitment to increasing renewables to make up 4.5% of their total energy consumption by 2024.

Ford Dagenham - Dagenham, UK

And of course we couldn’t leave out the wind turbines we see out the office window each day on the East London skyline. Ecotricity worked alongside Ford to install three turbines in the noughties and are considered the first wind farm in London. They have a combined capacity of 5.9MW. It shows you don’t always need masses of space to install a few friendly turbines.