Wind energy is the driver of growth and local development
Much of the employment is local since wind requires a large proportion of rural employment, both for the promotion, construction and operation and maintenance of wind farms. Likewise, this effect is reinforced since wind farms pay land taxes and land transfer fees, which are often one of the main income of many rural entities in which wind farms are built.
The great direct and indirect contribution of wind in our country represents around 0.4% of the national GDP. The growth of wind has also created and consolidated a new industry, in Spain it has been pioneer. The clearest example is the manufacture of wind turbines, and despite the Asian boom, Spain is still the fourth country exporter of wind turbines (the third in net export proceeds). Spain also has a prominent place in the investment in R&D, which translates into a seventh place in the number of wind patent registrations.