Understanding small wind energy systems

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Small wind turbines present an opportunity for fossil-fuel dependent Pacific Island nations to reduce their import bill, transition to a low carbon economy and supply off-grid energy to remote rural areas.

According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), the global cumulative installed wind power capacity at the end of 2013 was 318,137 MW and of this, Pacific Islands contributed 12 MW or 0.004% only.

One of the factors hindering investment in wind power within the Oceania region is insufficient understanding of the technical, environmental and economic aspects of adopting wind power.