The amount of electricity made by a wind turbine generator depends on how hard the wind is blowing. In storms, wind turbines are stopped for safety.
How does wind turn into energy?
Wind turbines start generating electricity in a light breeze – a little over 14 KM per hour – and reach full production in strong winds of around 57 KM per hour. At full production, today’s wind turbines are designed to produce thousands of megawatt hours of electricity.
Meridian wind farms in Australia
Meridian Energy Australia owns and operates the Mt Millar wind farm in South Australia and the Mt Mercer wind farm near Ballarat in Victoria.
Other Meridian wind farms
In New Zealand, Meridian has several wind farms including Te Apiti, White Hill and West Wind. West Wind generates enough electricity each year for about 62,000 average New Zealand homes. Read more on Meridian’s wind farms in New Zealand.
Meridian has also built the world’s southern most wind farm on Ross Island, Antarctica. The energy generated now supplies New Zealand’s Scott Base and the United States McMurdo Station, and is expected to cut diesel consumption by nearly half a million litres (reduction of greenhouse gas production from both bases of 1,242 tonnes of CO2 annually).