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The American Wind Energy Association recently updated its web-based tutorial, Wind Energy Basics that answers 11 questions such as:

  • What is wind energy?
  • What is a wind turbine and how does it work?
  • What are wind turbines made of?
  • How big is a wind turbine?
  • How much electricity can one wind turbine generate?
  • How many turbines does it take to make one megawatt?
  • How many homes can one megawatt of wind serve?
  • What is a wind power plant?
  • What is “capacity factor?”
  • If a wind turbine’s capacity factor is 33 percent, doesn’t that mean it is only running one-third of the time?
  • What is “availability factor?”
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