There’s been a lot of controversy about the noise caused by wind turbines. There’s this whole thing about “subsonic” sound causing all manner of horrific malady… and sidestepping the obvious contradiction of calling sound “subsonic”, that is, below sound, well, a friend of mine went off on it so bad I promised her I’d pay a visit to one of the big turbines around here on a good windy day, and hear the horrific, mind-numbing sound pollution the thing created. Well, here it is, folks, the Hull MA turbine, 66kW, at 15-20 knots. (For the record, the average estimated year-round wind speed for that spot at “hub height”, that is, where the hub of the turbine is located, is just around 11.5 knots.)
Here it is folks.
…I know. Deafening. And those BIRDS just wouldn’t shut up, so we could really hear what was going on.
Seriously, I found it to be actually quite soothing- waves on the beach, listening to a babbling brook, the wind through the rushes soothing. I’ll admit, there was an almost indiscernable low register going on- once per revolution, for about a fraction of a second. The wind was pretty stiff, too, by the way- uncomfortably strong at the beach, where, by the way, I could barely hear to speak to my wife. Now when the hell are we doing something about THAT racket, I ask you!
Final verdict? I call BULL. I don’t know what the issue or the objective is, but it’s nothing but obstructionism pure and simple.