Wind Farm near Tilbury, Ontario

Wind Energy

Wind Energy (Photo credit: janie.hernandez55)

I was recently driving along the 401 towards Windsor and came across a huge Wind Farm near Tilbury, Ontario just east of Windsor.

I tried to do a little research on this site but couldn’t find a lot of information. I found this site but I’m not  sure this is the correct one as it says that it will be started in the third quarter of 2012.  Judging by the site map it looked pretty close to where we were driving though.   Perhaps they are adding to the current location. My other guess is that it is a lot of little wind farms all beside each other.

According to the site the following are the benefits of wind power:

Benefits of Wind Energy

  • Is an inexhaustible resource,
  • Reduces reliance on imported fuel,
  • Benefits the environment and helps fight climate change,
  • Is compatible with mixed land use: grazing, agriculture, and hunting,
  • Creates job opportunities in local areas,
  • Provides a steady income to farmers and property-owners,
  • Strengthens the local tax base, helping to improve town services, including schools, police and fire departments,
  • Provides more direct economic impacts than new fossil fuel plants,
  • Produces energy with stable production costs, offering a hedge against other energy sources with volatile fuel markets

It is quite the site to see as most of us that were driving to Windsor all commented on it when we got there. We tried to count all the windmills on the way home but that is nearly impossible. You can’t really remember which ones you have counted as there are so many of them. We stopped well over 100 though.

I know there is a lot of opposition to wind farms and I’m not really sure why. I’m quite sure that if we had always used renewable energy as our primary source of power and now tried to build plants that used fossil fuels there is no way that anyone would agree to it, we would all think that is an insane idea.  It makes no sense at all to me.

We need to use clean and renewable sources for our energy needs. Just look around you, it can’t possible be an accident that the rate of cancers keeps rising with all the pollution we are feeding into our environment. Economically it makes no sense either, it is far too expensive to use.  Fossil fuels are not the way of the future, I think we all realize that.

I’m waiting for the day we drive past a wind farm or solar farm and we aren’t amazed by it. That’s when we will know that we have truly embraced clean energy.

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