Wind - Did You Know

  • The earliest known windmills were in Persia (Iran) and looked like large paddle wheels.
  • A typical horizontal wind turbine stands as tall as a 20-story building and has three blades that span 200 feet across.
  • One wind turbine can provide enough electricity for about 300 homes.
  • U.S. wind farm capacity totaled nearly 74,000 megawatts in 2015 - enough power to serve more than 20 million average American households.
  • Wind energy is generated in more than 40 different states. Those with the most wind production are Texas, California, Minnesota, Iowa and Washington.
  • The U.S. ranks second in the world in wind power capacity, followed by Germany and Spain.