To celebrate Global Wind Day, which is June 15, several wind energy associations are touting major corporations' participation as wind farm owners and investors.
According to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), BMW, General Motors, Nissan, Honda, Heineken, LEGO, IKEA, Facebook, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple have recognized the value of wind energy.
Wind energy has become mainstream and is one of the fastest-growing industrial sectors in the world, attracting $100 billion in investment in 2014. This shows that wind power doesn't only make sense environmentally and socially, but that it is also cost-competitive. Onshore wind power is now cheaper than conventional energy sources in an expanding number of markets worldwide.
‘Wind energy has become the favored solution for large companies that need a reliable and consistent energy flow to power factories, operations and data centers,’ says Malgosia Bartosik, acting CEO of EWEA.
As Global Wind Day is a time for discovering wind energy, its power and the possibilities, wind advocates say wind energy is well positioned to reshape global energy systems while decarbonizing global economies.