Restoring Income Equality: Wind Farms Add $222m to Rural Communities

The renewable energy sector is doing its part to address income inequality. Wind farms in the US contribute $222m annually to rural landowners, according to Re News, quoting the American Wind Energy Association's 2015 US Wind Industry Annual Market Report. Data shows that 70% of rural wind farms in the US are located in low-income counties where median household incomes fall below the US median. Not only does the wind power funding inject badly needed investment into economically distressed rural communities, but it also saves about 226 gallons of water for every American each year. We can add this example to the “win-win” list of new, innovative solutions that address older problems.

John Howell, Editorial Director