Got a bit of news. There are a lot of people who don’t like wind turbines. They think they don’t look very good. Generally I don’t like man-made things hanging around in natural surroundings either.
The difficulty for me is comparing the alternatives. Would I prefer to see a 170 tonne lump of metal in a field for 25 years?
Or would I prefer that 750 times that weight of carbon dioxide* is added invisibly to the atmosphere, where it will remain for 500 years, due to coal being burnt in a power station?
Take your pick.
* Calculation is based on a Siemens SWT-2.3-101 turbine, which has a nominal power of 2.3 MW. I used a wind speed calculation website to calculate the average ratio between annual kWh output and nominal power, of 3208. From that I took 1% away to represent the average actual power output compared with sales figures. Then multiplied that by the amount of carbon dioxide emitted per kWh of energy produced by burning coal.