What to know about wind energy

Wind power has been used by many countries for several decades but the technology is new to Senegal. Here are some key facts about generating electricity from wind.

An ancient technology, reinvented

Wind power has been used for centuries to provide mechanical power for milling and pumping water.

Clean and abundant.

Wind energy generates no carbon emissions or other pollution and uses the endless natural supply of wind.

Used across the world.

There are thousands of wind turbines across Africa, Europe, America and Asia, providing electricity for homes and businesses.

Safe and quiet.

Noise levels from wind turbines meet strict recommendations set by the World Health Organisation.

117m

The height of the wind turbines at PETN.

3m/s

The slowest wind speed at which turbines can produce electricity.

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The cost of the wind itself, unlike paying for fossil fuels like coal or oil.

400

The estimated number of jobs created building a wind farm like PETN.

1941

The year the first modern mega-watt class wind turbine was built in the USA.

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The carbon emissions that wind turbines emit.

24 months

The maximum time it will take to built PETN.

1300 MW

Of wind energy PETN’s parent company Lekela is building in Africa