Safe Set-Backs

Keeping Home Owners at a Safe Distance from Wind Turbines

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Industrial Wind Turbines
How close is too close to homes?

Turbine makers vary in what they consider to be acceptable setbacks to homes.  For safety, G.E. warns that a distance of 1,300 feet is the minimum.  To minimize annoyance from moving shadows and noise, another turbine maker says at least 1,640 foot setbacks are required.  A developer in Kansas just settled a court suit by agreeing to setbacks of 2,000 feet.  In Canada, the former dean of medicine at the University of Western Ontario has called for nearly 5,000 foot setbacks as a “moral obligation” to protect health.  What does Everpower want? About 1,000 feet.  That’s too close to homes.

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