Seven wind farm projects in three years and five more under construction signal more growth for Pennsylvania's wind power sector, which ranks 16th in the country, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Since Pennsylvania's first utility-scale wind farm became operational in May 2000, when eight turbines started generating 10.4 megawatts of electricity in Garrett, Somerset County, the industry has burgeoned. The state has 16 utility-scale wind farms, with 433 tall turbines creating 735 megawatts of electricity that go into the electric utility grid.
That's enough electricity to power more than 220,000 homes a year, based on the American Wind Energy Association's estimate that each megawatt of wind-generated power can provide enough electricity for 225 to 300 typical American homes.
Original source: Pittsburgh-Tribune Review
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