Who’s not solving what fast enough?
How long does it take to construct a nuclear power reactor?
Westinghouse puts the construction time for the 1 GWe AP1000 nuclear reactor at 3 years; 36 months. A more pessimistic estimate for current plants might be, perhaps, five years.
Let’s assume a nuclear power plant has a capacity factor of 80%.
That’s quite pessimistic – the industry in the US can and does often achieve capacity factors in the 90-100% range.
What’s the nameplate capacity of a wind turbine? Typically 2 MW. Let’s say that a wind turbine has a capacity factor of 33%.
(1000 * 80%) / (2 * 33%) = approx. 1200.
So, you need 1200 wind turbines to give the equivalent output as one typical 1000 MWe nuclear reactor.
How long does it take to build, transport, install and commission a wind turbine? Let’s say about three months. I heard that figure from an anti-nuclear-power pro-wind person once.
So, say it takes about three years to build a nuclear power plant. To build the equivalent number of wind turbines, it would be expected to take three hundred years.