Nuisance of wind mills

Nuisance of wind mills

Almost 90% of the Dutch population is positive about wind energy in general. At the same time in the discussion concerning wind energy it is frequently brought forward that wind turbines ensure nuisance. In our accompaniment of projects we give much attention to this.

With placement of wind turbines in the landscape we work very carefully. We frequently involve a landscape architect who examines what the most optimum elaboration is. Also We let assemble realistic photographs so that the people concerned can form themselves a picture directly. Of course a change in the landscape is something generally to get used to, but you must realise yourself that also the traditional wind turbines were found ugly in the beginning, whereas now the tourists form Japan come to examine the mills in Kinderdijk. From a research of the NIPO it becomes clear that three-quarters of the people have the opinion that wind installations are appropriate well within the tradition of wind mills and do not experience wind turbines as annoying.

Noise nuisance is a much heard objection against wind energy. The modern turbines are very quietly and they become quieter each year. Already in 1996, appeared that the sound level of turbines on 50 meters distance is lower than that of an ordinary conversation. Most of the projects which we undertake frequently appear on a considerable distance of inhabitation (minimum 250 meters and generally much more) and often in a neighbourhood where other noise exceeds the sound of the wind mills far (for example along highways).

Disturbing flickers and shade from the rotorblades of the wind mill form an other frequently heard objection. From Danish research it becomes clear that a house standing on 250 meters of a wind turbine has about five hours per year nuisance of this shade. Thereby it concerns moments that the sun is low at the horizon. On a distance of more than 300 meters this shade plays hardly any role. To avoid nuisance the mills are always stopped automatically (computer-controlled) the moment this shade could appear on a house.

"The rotating rotorbladen see red, blood drips down of it; dozens of birds fly themselves to death". With that the Dutch paper Trouw outlined a fright picture recently. The facts are different. Per year 2 millions birds die on the asphalt of roads, 1.5 million are killed by hunting and 1 million by powercables. The number of birds that die because of wind mills is about 10,000!.

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