- For every hour a 3MW wind turbine operates in Australia
one tonne less CO2 goes into the atmosphere.
- This is for an average generation at
35% capacity factor
in mainland Australia, and is based on report by
Sinclair Knight Merz.
Electricity generated by wind turbines replaces electricity that would
otherwise be generated by burning fossil fuels.
A 3MW turbine at 35% capacity factor will generate an average of just over
1MW (that is, 1MWh per hour).
Average fossil fuel power stations in SE Australia release 1 tonne of
CO2 into the atmosphere for each MWh of electricity that they generate.
- Every three hours operation is equivalent to taking one car off the
roads for a year.
- An average new passenger car or light commercial vehicle in Australia
produces 199g/km CO2, see National Transport Commission.
The average distance travelled is 15 530 km per year, see
Therefore an average passenger car produces 3090kg of CO2/year.
- One turbine equals 2000 average domestic solar PV installations.
- Utility scale turbines in SE Australia averge a capacity factor of 35%,
solar PV has a typical cf. of 18%.
A typical new turbine is 3MW, the average domestice solar PV installation is
less than 3kW.
(Data from the
Clean Energy Regulator gives the average size of domestic
PV installations up to February 2014 as 2.7kW.)