Friday, March 13, 2009

Land Impacts

Onshore wind turbines are installed on land. Similarly to offshore wind turbines, they do not pollute the soil but it will need the clearing of trees, roads, foundation and constructions of power lines. Wind turbines will require at least a distance of ten times the height of the turbine without any obstruction in order to receive sufficient wind to function properly. Some of supporters of wind power argue that wind turbine can be installed on farms where trees and other obstacles have been already cleared. Farmers would receive lease payment from companies for the installation of each turbine and they would still be able to farm on it.

Wind energy does not pollute air, land or water but it cause three main concerns: visual impact, noise pollution and avian mortality.

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