Essay on Wind Power Potential in Belize
Wind power is one of the fastest growing renewable energy technologies in the world, with an annual growth rate of 30.7 percent (Flomenhoft, 2007). Its popularity stems from its renewable characteristics, emission free properties and the cheap electricity that it produces. Thus far, Belize has not harnessed the wind energy in the country which I believe is unfortunate. Approximately 50% of Belize?s electricity production is imported from Mexico (Launchpad consulting, 2003). Hydro accounts for 25%, diesel makes 20%, bagasse, produced by the local sugar industry creates 5% and a mere 0.03% is produced through using solar and wind power combined (Launchpad consulting, 2003). I personally feel as …show more content…
Wind resources at mountain pine ridge are some of the most ideal conditions that one could ask for in terms of wind turbine potential (Launchpad Consulting, 2003). Wind speeds here average at 25 km throughout the year (Launchpad Consulting, 2003). Other benefits to this location are that it is not used for forestry nor is it home to any human settlements. It has been estimated that at least 20 MW can be developed at a sight called Baldy Beacon over a ten year period (Launchpad Consulting, 2003). At full capacity this project could potentially produce nearly a third of Belize?s electricity.
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