I asked my friend, Dwayne, who lives near
We have been approached already. The promise of $10,000.00 is very appealing. However there are some real concerns.
Did you know there are 40 tons of concrete under each tower? Did you know there are nearly 10 gallons of oil in the gear boxes? Did you know that a broken end of a blade can throw a windmill out of balance enough to topple the tower? Did you know that once the tower has lived out it's economic life, the company can walk away from it scot free and leave the landowner stuck with the clean-up?
I've seen over 40 cars have to get painted at
One night when Pat was teaching at a computer class in Kincardine, a 120 foot wind turbine got wrecked and toppled when the tip got smashed against the tower by gusting winds and the resulting imbalance tore down the tower. It fell on the control monitoring shack next to it and was a 2.5 million dollar write-off.
Ice flies off the blades. The sound of the gear box sends my wife fleeing if she is anywhere within 200 meters of the tower. I myself can't even hear it. (Drummer's ears I suppose.)
We already have 121 towers within easy biking distance of our house. We are not putting one on our property at this time. Maybe as we approach bankruptcy we would and leave the mess for our kids to clean up.