Impact of proposed Rotherham wind farm

By A Whitaker | 26/04/2010

Impact of proposed Rotherham wind farm

Sir, Wind farm developers, Banks claim that their proposed turbines at Ulley will produce electricity for up to 10,000 households; could this really true?

Yes, but only if we had gale force winds for 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week! On average wind farms can only produce up to 20-30% (often less) of their maximum capacity, so 10,000 becomes only 2,000 or 3,000.

Not that spectacular when you realise that over 3,500 houses, almost all in Aughton, will suffer some level of “visual amenity impact” from the giant turbines.

Couple that with the affect on the saleability of your house, the possible loss of your television reception and the nearly 2,000 cement mixer movements through the narrow country lanes (just to build the foundations) and many of us are left wondering why on earth we are even considering such a thing, that is only viable because we, the tax payers, are paying the huge subsidy that Banks will get to build them.

In years to come, I am sure we will look back on this as the “era of the wind farm scam”.

A. Whitaker

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