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Anyone have any experience with living near wind turbines?
There's a five turbine wind farm being proposed for a ridge that is 3/4 of a mile from my house. Some or most of them will be in full view of my back yard.
I've heard that there's a constant kind of hum as well as some people saying that the shadow flicker (the moving shadows cast by the blades) can be very disconcerting.
Anyone have any first or second hand experience with this?
(Let it be known that i am usually a proponent of alternative energy sources)
My nickname in the office is "Wind Farm." No one likes sitting near me. Does that help?
- by the looks of it, you should maybe try some alternative energy, like jogging.Jnr_Madison
- YAY!! We got to fart jokes in ONE POST!! Congratulations, idiot!!!locustsloth
- hahaha @ locust. that was out of character7point34
- NO ONE shit's on my thread unless i invite them tolocustsloth
This is UK info.. but may help in your search. BERR is a UK government department..
"Developers are obliged to carry out noise predictions to evaluate the likely perception of noise from wind turbines on local residents and those working in the vicinity. They compare the predicted noise levels of turbines with the existing background level. The assessment should be able to demonstrate compliance with national noise regulations. Developers generally present their noise predictions as contour maps, with contours joining locations of equal noise leve"
My Dad lives quite near to some and I've walked up near to them on days with a good breeze, and whilst they do hum I don't think they'll be too audible from 3/4 of a mile. I guess it depends on the size and the direction of the wind though.
What can you do?
wind farms are amazingly peaceful
what about the earth you insensitive orick! its her day!!
shadow flicker sucks, but it's only on sunset. no noise, at least not audible to me from about a mile
- oh good. The flicker would only effect us during sunrise, but the group proposing were kind of obfuscating that issue, so i was warylocustsloth
- wary of itlocustsloth
- it's distracting, but it hasn't happened too often while I was still living with themjimbojones
Thanks lowimpakt. They've actually done this (which was only made available AFTER public meetings were held) and on the contour map my house is in the 30-35db range, which is said to be like standing 3ft from a running fridge. i'm not sure if that'll drive me nuts or not
Also, both of the visual mockups (pics with wind turbines 'shopped in) and the baseline noise monitoring stations were twice the distance from the proposed site as my house is. It seems a bit fishy, but maybe i'm just distrustful
Everyone thinks they're great until they movie in next door.
The whole NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) thing is what i'm struggling with. If this was taking place at the other corner of town, i wouldn't say boo about it. But when a few are sacrificing aethethically, mentally (if there IS any adverse audio or visual effects) and possibly financially, without consideration or compensation that is equal in proportion, "taking one for the team" doesn't sound that great.
That's why i was looking for people who've been near these things and can say "No, it's not that big of a deal"
Whenever I've been near a wind farm, I find myself thinking about how peaceful they seem. They're almost beautiful. Just my two cents.
I live near a wind-farm. Let me try to get some pictures to further explain my point (I have to dig on old photos on CD).
But in short, yeah, it's audible.
- Louder than a major road/highway a few blocks away?monospaced
- I guess it depends on a few things, also the make/model and if it's a windy area (it must be if they are there, just how windy)jimbojones
- just how windyjimbojones
- it depends on how the main winds go in a given terrain and where your house is set.Corvo2
- Not louder than a road. It's more like a constant hum-hum, which you're bound to neglect after habit.Corvo2
- I regret them in two ways: first of all there's a significant impact on landscape in what you can call the aesthetics.Corvo2
- (the mountains don't look so unexplored with those wind-mills on top)Corvo2
- (this may be bad for tourism)Corvo2
- Secondly, they do make noise (but I live near a 20 unit farm) and the place doesn't look the same any more.Corvo2
- It's not unbearable noise, though.Corvo2
get some wind chimes, problem solved
Before I find pictures - let me say that this is a subject where I feel divided. The aesthetic impact is not good, but the outcome is - so honestly I have no clue what's right or wrong when it comes to this.
Shit, my CD's are not organised whatsoever. It's like an hippie-farm.
- ^ forgot to say you can't hear them indoors. Just outsideCorvo2
If you read James Lovelock you'll discover how the whole wind turbine thing is a giant scam. It's not a reliable source of energy, requiring a conventional power station as a back up. It's not green, as tons of concrete and steel (=CO2) are needed to make each windmill (and then there's the transport to remote locations). It's just a visible way for politicians to say "hey, we're doing something", they're too dishonest (or scared?) to admit how effing useless these things are.
- I'm starting to get this impression as well.sikma
- what you need to do is use a calculator to compare what it takes to generate the MW with coal vs wind vs sun etc..Pupsipu