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Global Stats

  • 3

    It takes a wind turbine 3-6 months to recoup the energy that goes into producing, operating and recycling the wind turbine after its 20 to 25 year lifetime.

  • 8

    The largest wind turbine in the world is the Vestas 8 MW turbine with a rotor diameter of 164 meters

  • 2,171,804

    The amount of people employed by the wind power sector in 2030 worldwide according to GWEO 2014 advanced scenario.

  • 11%

    In total, 11% of the UK’s electricity was generated by wind last year - up from 9.5% in 2014. Wind provided enough electricity to meet the needs of more than 8.25 million homes (more than 30% of UK households) - up from 6.7 million homes last year.

  • 268,000

    The number of wind turbines spinning around the world at the end of 2014.

  • 51.5

    The record number of GW of wind power installed in 2014, bringing the total installed global capacity to more than 369.6 GW at the end of 2014.

  • 601,500

    The number of people employed worldwide by the wind industry in 2013

  • 110,000,000

    The amount of Chinese homes powered by wind energy (total capacity 114,609 MW) at the end of 2014 (source: The Economist, 1 August 2015)

  • 8,000

    The number of parts a wind turbine has

  • 2,000

    The amount of water in litres that wind power can save per MWh against other energy sources (source: US Department of Energy).

  • 5,500

    The number of average EU households that one 6 MW offshore turbine can power.

  • 608

    In 2014, wind power avoided over 608 million tonnes of CO2 emissions globally.

  • 3%

    The percentage of global electricity supplied by wind power.

  • 387

    The amount of million cubic meters of water use avoided by wind energy in the EU, equivalent to the average annual household water use of nearly 7 million EU citizens (source: EWEA).

SA Stats

  • 28%

    of the total funds committed to wind energy comes from foreign investment – R53.2bn. This equals 85.8% of total direct foreign investment in South Africa last year.

  • ZAR 1.8 billion

    The amount CSIR reports wind energy produced in net savings during the first half of 2015. Wind was also cash positive for Eskom by R300 million.

  • ZAR 91.1 billion

    The amount already committed to various development initiatives under the REIPPPP according to the Department of Energy

  • 400

    There are now more than 400 wind turbines creating electricity throughout South Africa

  • ZAR 193 billion

    the amount that has been committed to wind energy through private sector investment

  • 640 days

    Average time for the 10 wind projects to reach commercial operation so far in South Africa (1.8years).

  • ZAR 101 billion

    The total projected value of goods and services to be procured from broad-based black economic empowerment suppliers.

  • 20,500%

    The number that investment in renewables grew in one year between 2011 and 2012 – the first year of the REIPPPP

  • 92

    projects that have already been selected as part of the REIPPPP, attracting

  • 40%

    The amount that wind energy is now cheaper than forecast prices for Eskom’s new-build coal plants.

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