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Switzerland combats energy insecurities with six giant wind turbines, fulfilling the energy needs of 6,100 households in Sainte-Croix, amid local opposition.

In a major boost to Switzerland's pursuit of renewable energy, six towering wind turbines were installed on Monday in the Swiss town of Sainte-Croix near the French border. 

According to Reuters, this marks a significant development in the country's battle against local resistance to clean energy projects.

The wind turbines, measuring an impressive 139 meters (456 feet) from base to blade tip, were assembled by Germany's Enercon and hoisted into place by a colossal crane. Swiss utility company, Romande Energie, will operate the turbines, which have the capacity to supply the energy requirements of around 6,100 households. This equates to fulfilling the total energy consumption of Sainte-Croix, inclusive of its industrial sectors.

Suisse Eole, an organization advocating for wind energy, underlined the critical role such projects play in bolstering the nation's energy security. 

The organization highlighted recent geopolitical events, including the Ukraine war that has strained Europe's gas supplies and environmental issues. Also, decreased hydropower production due to lowered water levels associated with climate change, as reasons to diversify and strengthen the country's energy mix.

In 2022, Switzerland only had 41 wind turbines in operation, with numerous potential projects being stalled by opposition groups. 

Critics argue that these wind energy installations can negatively impact the scenic beauty of the countryside and potentially cause a decline in property values. 

However, as the new turbines in Sainte-Croix indicate, the country is making strides in overcoming these hurdles to capitalize on the benefits of wind power.

Samira is an Electronics and Communications Engineer by profession, but deep inside, her heart is a nomad! She's a state champion debater, a public speaker, a scriptwriter, a theater actress, but most importantly — A GREEN CITIZEN! She thinks of herself as a storyteller who thrives on enjoying the life at fullest and telling everyone the tales of life.

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