Nouakchott Wind Turbine

The U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott, Mauritania celebrated Earth Day 2016 with the installation of the U.S. Department of State’s largest wind-powered turbine at an overseas facility. The 50 kilowatt (kW) capacity turbine is expected to generate approximately 142 megawatt hours (MWh) of clean renewable electricity annually, roughly the yearly consumption of 13 average American homes. The turbine will reduce the Embassy’s carbon dioxide emissions by 84 metric tons per year. These carbon savings are equivalent to taking 18 vehicles of the road. The Department calculates that the Embassy’s utility savings from wind power generation will pay back the turbine’s investment costs within 12 years.