Wind energy is one of the renewable energies that holds great potential in supplying electricity across the world.
Unlike other sources of electricity which needs fuel in processing plants, wind energy generates electricity through wind—which is free.
Wind can be considered a “fuel” that doesn’t require to be transported or mined.
Here is a list of the top 5 largest onshore wind farms which are currently operational.
#1 Gansu Wind Farm Project
The Gansu Wind Farm Project, which is also called the Jiuquan Wind Power Base, is found in the western Gansu province in China.
It is composed of a group of large wind farms and is currently under construction. It has a capacity of 6,000 MW and has a goal of 20,000 MW by the year 2020.
#2 Alta Wind Energy Center (AWEC)
The Alta Wind Energy Center (AWEC), or also known as Mojave Wind Farm, is a wind farm which is located in Tehachapi Pass of the Tehachapi Mountains, in Kern County, California.
As of the year 2013, it is the largest wind farm in the United States and has a combined installed capacity of 1,547 MW.
#3 Muppandal Wind Farm
The Muppandal Wind far, has been selected as the showcase for India’s $2 billion clean energy program, which gives foreign companies tax breaks for building fields of wind turbines in the area.
The village of Muppandal attracts many wind energy producing companies, which has created thousands of new jobs which help raise the income of the villagers. The wind energy generation capacity for this wind farm is around 1500 MW.
#4 The Jaisalmer Wind Park
The Jaisalmer Wind Park is located in Jaisalmer district, Rajasthan, India and is the largest operational onshore wind farm in their country.
The wind park’s capacity is 1,064 MW, which makes it one of the world’s largest operational onshore windfarms.
#5 The Shepherds Flat Wind Farm
The Shepherds Flat Wind Farm is located in the state of Oregon. It has an installed capacity of 845 MW.
The wind farm was built by Caithness Energy using General Electric (GE) 2.5 MW wind turbines, and it supplies electricity to Southern California Edison.