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Wind farm noise: a government cover-up 03 Dec 2013 14:39 #1

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A typical scenario goes something like this. A wind farm is built. Local residents are shocked by the noise they were assured they would not hear. They complain believing there must be a mistake or fault with the turbines. The local Council do not investigate directly. Instead they ask the developer to check for compliance with the conditions laid down when the wind farm was approved. This takes 3-12 months, sometimes longer. The operator can reduce the noise output using various control mechanisms and the Council would have no idea whether this had been done. Regardless, the developer demonstrates compliance with the imposed conditions even though the horrendous noise continues. After a year many complainants have given up, depressed when they realise they are alone fighting a giant with apparently unlimited resources they cannot beat. The Council realises it lacks the financial resources to fight the developer so they tell the complainants that the wind farm complies with the original ETSU noise assessment, so it cannot be a nuisance. The local residents are left to suffer. Why is nobody listening to their distraught voices?

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Wind farm noise: a government cover-up 05 Dec 2013 09:04 #2

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Hmm... I wonder what's the point of building wind farms so close to peoples apartments. Usually these are far from everything, at least in here.

That sucks. Its like making complaints about having a huge stinking, noisy, polluting factory right at your backyard. Impossible to fight because too much profit is at stake.
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Wind farm noise: a government cover-up 06 Dec 2013 17:25 #3

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This article is from last year, but I'm pretty sure nothing has changed.

How wind turbines generate huge profits for landowners

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Wind farm noise: a government cover-up 06 Dec 2013 18:35 #4

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I wasn't aware the things generated that much electricity to be honest. A big outlay for just one, but the returns are big eh.

From that moneyweek link....
Let’s say you apply for planning permission to put one 500kw turbine up on your land. You get it, and you put the thing up before October (when subsidies are to be cut slightly). Then it operates at about 35% of capacity.

Getting it up will cost you something in the region of £800,000 – £1m, based on providers I’ve asked (depending on the turbine and the terrain). Let’s say £900,000 for the sake of argument. But you’ll then get paid 20.6p per kilowatt hour of energy produced, something that will bring you revenues in the region of £310,000.

Obviously, you’ll have costs – an annual service and maintenance contract will cost you £12,000 – 18,000 a year. Let’s say £15,000. Then, if you borrowed the money, you’ll have financing costs. Assuming you are running a repayment deal of some kind, those will come in at about £85,000 (I’m assuming a 7% interest rate here).

Your annual take? It is well over £200,000, even if there are expenses I haven’t thought of (or been told about). But it gets better. Your income is inflation linked. So as the real value of the debt falls, the real value of the payments you’ll get will stay the same. For 20 years. That means your take, in real terms, over the lifetime of your subsidy guarantee, is going on £4,500,000.
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