As the world’s inhabitants continue to be conscious about its dependency on fossil fuels and the nasty consequences that these entail in terms of climate change, the growth of alternative sources of energy has seen a steady increase over the last few years. To this end, power plants harnessing renewable power sources like the tides, hydroelectric dams, and even wind farms are beginning to take shape in many countries and regions. Perhaps the best example of the steady march towards green power is the construction of the largest wind farm in the world off of the coast of Essex in the UK.
So what are the arguments for and against wind farms and how are these expected to affect the rest of the world as it tries to metaphorically lose weight fast when it comes to energy consumption? Let us spend more time analyzing the implications in greater detail.
The obvious argument in the support of wind farms is that it harnesses a readily available source of energy that is otherwise untapped without wind farms. The largest wind farm in the world, for example, is slated to operate 217 turbines generating 1000 total megawatts of power. That is estimated to supply energy for more than 750,000 and is a welcome development to offset all our capricious energy guzzling activities and wanton abandon for carbon footprint minimization. Make no mistake about it, everything from sending a hindi SMS to going out to buy premium Kratom capsules here contributes to the world’s bottom line in carbon emissions and wind farms are there to offset this energy intake.
Of course, there are debates that purport to show the negative side of wind farming, the most egregious of which is that it ruins the aesthetics of any location. Like a Microsoft points generator running on your Mac screen – if that makes any sense – wind farms jut out of the landscape looking like white matchsticks against an azure blue backdrop. In the case of the world’s largest wind farms located in the Thames estuary, the body of water where it resides will never be viewed in the same way again, what with all the mechanical structures in the area. Add to this the argument on noise from the whirring turbines which can never be mistaken as sounds from Taylor guitars and there is definite flip side to the wind farm debate.
Still, there is no mistaking the value that wind farms bring in forging ahead the fight against global warming. Consequently, even without the threat of climate change, the world is expected to rely less on fossil fuels and more on renewable energy sources as civilizations grow and energy consumption rises. To this end, it can only be expected that more and more countries will begin planning wind farm construction. Already, South Africa is a prime candidate to try and build a facility that will upend the one in Essex, UK.
Without having to dismiss the arguments against wind farms, it is worth noting that the arguments significantly favor the perceived forward evolution of wind farm technology. It is only a matter of time before the world embraces it fully, and as we forge towards that future, we put faith in the wind as a primary driver for our daily energy needs. Now that’s a picture that is well worth every ounce of energy to dream for and strive towards.