The issue is starting to heat up around here. A company called Acciona has optioned a large territory on what we call the "North Mountain" which runs between the valley that I currently live in and the Bay of Fundy for possible placement of a number of large scale wind turbines. I assume they will be their new 3mW units. The local municipal gevenment is holding public meetings to consider all views. On the forefront is the existing by-law requiring 700m seperation from any existing residenses. The "anti" side is calling for 2500m seperation which would essentually eliminate the possibility of the project going ahead. My current position, subject to change is that 1000 - 1500m may be a bit more realistic. I have come to believe that a lot of the data being put forward by the "anti" side is based on the first generation turbines that did have some issues. My understanding is that the newer turbines, now considered to be third or fourth generation have come a long way in addressing these issues with better rotors, slower speeds etc...
I do make it a habit to stay abreast of the energy industry and developments. In the case of this development, my retirement property where I intend to build on the bay is about 5 km from the optioned area and isn't under consideration because it falls within the area that is out of bounds due to the local Air Force Base and the risk of radar shadow caused by wind turbines.
Does anyone have any personal expirience living near to a wind turbine? Any opinions?