When talking about renewable energy you initially think about the benefits, but like everything, it has some negative impacts.
The most noticeable impact is the noise pollution, almost everyone thinks wind turbines are great and more and more should be placed. But when someone suggest to put one inside a close radius around your house, all of the sudden it’s a terrible idea.
Next to the noise pollution there’s also the visual impact, a lot of people complain about the view of a wind turbine and the shading it may cast.
The third significant impact is wildlife. Birds can get hit by the blades and due to the deep foundations, underground habitats can be destroyed.
Lots of plans of building wind energy parks are put on hold or get declined due to complaints of nearby citizens. The energy companies have even started to pay a bonus if you live nearby a windmill. (Electrabel pays bonus)
What is your take on having a windturbine nearby, do you agree with the decision to cancel plans when the neighbourhood complains and would you change your mind if living near one means receiving an anual bonus?