Wind energy production low in Pacific Islands



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Wind power has become the least expensive and fastest growing source of renewable energy in the world.

In the Pacific Islands States, however, the scale at which wind energy technology has been adopted is comparatively small.

In fact amounting to only 0.004% of the global cumulative installed capacity according to recent statistics released by the Global Wind Energy Council. 
 
Small wind turbines ranging from 15 kilowatts to 100 kilowatts are ideal for providing energy to remote rural areas and thereby, reducing carbon footprints and dependency on imported fossil fuels.
 
The Pacific Island States with its small scattered islands accompanied by high humidity, wind-driven salty air, and proneness to cyclones presents unique challenges which need to be addressed when implementing wind energy initiatives.