Discover the benefits of wind turbines

A windfarm in Ardrossan. Photo: Maurice McDonald/PA Wire
A windfarm in Ardrossan. Photo: Maurice McDonald/PA Wire

There is a lot of misguided hype about wind turbines, usually voiced by those who prefer nuclear power, coal-fired power stations or fracking rigs to meret our energy needs.

Coun. Paul White and others have been very vocal and openly critical about wind energy.

While micro-scale turbines have been granted permission, anything from 50kw to 100kw and upwards has been rejected or gone to a delegated committee.

It seems this bias against wind energy is not reflective of general public opinion on the subject.

As such, the recent announcement regarding wind turbines by the government is welcomed by the wind industry because we can now ask the wider general public for their opinion instead of being rejected by the minority vote that have no genuine knowledge or experience of wind energy.

Turbines can only go in “windy locations” which are usually hill tops, near to a local grid and with good access. Any proposed site is vigorously checked for suitability and provided it passes these checks, unlike mobile phone masts, pylons and transmission poles.

The general public has no right to preserve such a “visual amenity”.

Unlike nuclear, coal and fracking energy sources, turbines are non-destructive, temporary, recyclable and easily removed.

It might be the case that local councillors prefer not to have and see local energy generation and instead prefer destructive energy sources elsewhere which have the potential to devastate us all and leave a deadly legacy for the future.

With so many councillors publicly declaring their negative interest in the subject, I would like to extend an invitation to them to learn more about wind.

Jon Roche

Director of Ripam Agri Ltd