In (another) OM windfarm thread, Paddy Dillon put a link to the Den Brook Valley Windfarm protest website. At the risk of igniting another windfarm firestorm, it’s an interesting read. Two things occur to me:
- The original objection concerned the problem of ‘amplitude modulation of aerodynamic noise’ or, more commonly, ‘AM’. The developer RES, undertook a study of the noise issue. It took three years for the objector to obtain the noise data, despite a promise by RES to share the data. When the data was finally produced, it was shown to have some serious errors. Is it surprising that people distrust windfarm developers and operators so much?
- AM seems to be an increasing problem with the increasing size of wind turbines. This suggests to me that windfarms are less likely to be built near conurbations. It probably means also that they are less likely to be built even in lightly populated rural areas if habitations are affected. This means that windfarms are even more likely to be built in our hills and more especially in Scotland.