- More easily maintained, as everything is virtually at ground level.
- Omnidirectional: but you need to be able to start it, and, by all means, have a good brake.
- Much quieter: ten meters from the tower, a VAWT is at 38 dB, a whispered conversation, while a HAWT reaches 98 dB, passing traffic on a busy highway measured from the road shoulder.
- VAWTs can be packed close to each other, whereas HAWTs need to be separated by a space ten times the diameter of the propeller.
There is a 4 MW Darrieus VAWT turning in Quebec:
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Norway and the USA are tied with 13 medals.