I've read elsewhere that on AVERAGE wind farms only output 35% of 'installed capacity' per year. So do you think it's intellectually dishonest to say 2.5-megawatt X 240 = 600 Megawatts? I mean, how often and how long will this farm actually put out 600 Megawatts? If you built a nuclear facility rated for 600 MW, i'm pretty sure it can put out 600 MW. However if a wind farm is only expected to put out 210 Megawatts on average over a year, why is it advertised as a 600 Megawatt farm?
Now, for a single HOME, I could see the benefit of having a wind turbine to provide supplemental power to help lower your energy cost/consumption, but on a large scale I don't think wind is reliable enough. It seems to me your house can have a battery bank to store wind power for off peak usage, but that doesn't seem to be the case with a wind farm.
Correct me if i'm wrong, I love the idea of cheap clean power, but it seems that wind might not be practical on a large scale and is better suited to a individual home scale?