Wind energy brings significant benefits to local communities. Wind farms pay taxes to the local municipalities and make other financial and community contributions too. Polls across Europe show that 75-80% of those who live near wind farms support them.
Wind energy is also a true European success story: it employs 300,000 people in Europe and contributes €37bn to the EU GDP. Each GW of onshore wind Europe builds supports around 5,000 jobs in planning, manufacturing and installation. The ongoing operation and maintenance of wind farms support local jobs too.
The wind industry has brought new jobs and investment to traditional shipbuilding areas and coal mining regions. Regions with steel and chemicals industries are also benefitting. More wind energy will mean more benefits for more communities across Europe.