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41 more wind turbines for Lake George

By johnboy - 6 November 2011 63

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The ABC has news of planning approval for the Capital 2 wind farm project.

The Capital 2 wind farm project on the east side of Lake George in New South Wales includes an additional 41 wind turbines to generate power for the grid.

David Griffin from Infigen Energy says the expansion will be part of a proposed renewable energy precinct including a 50 megawatt solar farm, which was approved in December 2010.

“The two wind farms that are currently located there are 141 and 48 megawatts so there’s 189 megawatts installed there now,” he said.

“This new wind farm will see the addition of approximately another 100 megawatts so there’s a fairly significant increase in the capacity at that location.”

Wind turbines are awesome.

[Photo by Devil_n_Disquiz]

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63 Responses to
41 more wind turbines for Lake George
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welkin31 12:40 pm
06 Nov 11
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Anybody have an idea what these 41 proposed new turbines will cost the taxpayer in subsidies ?
I wonder what subsidies are paid to the existing wind farm.

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grundy 1:20 pm
06 Nov 11
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Most of the funding is private, from my understanding of these projects.

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enrique 2:30 pm
06 Nov 11
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welkin31 said :

Anybody have an idea what these 41 proposed new turbines will cost the taxpayer in subsidies ?
I wonder what subsidies are paid to the existing wind farm.

Your point being?

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EvanJames 3:22 pm
06 Nov 11
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That wind farm was originally built to meet the considerable power needs of the Sydney water desalination plant. What is emerging (from this and other wind farms) is that the low-frequency sound emitted by the turbines actually harms the people living nearby. Some people have had to actually leave their properties and live further away, returning to the properties to work, the health effects are so severe.

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OpenYourMind 3:48 pm
06 Nov 11
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EvanJames, I’ve heard that this low level noise is quite remarkable. It only targets those who aren’t getting a bite of the windmill farmland cherry.

Next thing we’ll be hearing that old furphy about windmills being bird killers. I think they may well fade your curtains as well.

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creative_canberran 3:55 pm
06 Nov 11
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EvanJames said :

What is emerging (from this and other wind farms) is that the low-frequency sound emitted by the turbines actually harms the people living nearby. Some people have had to actually leave their properties and live further away, returning to the properties to work, the health effects are so severe.

My response to them is too bad, so sad. Saw an interview with one of these people once, puffing away on a cigarette while complaining about the wind turbine noise a mile away. Please.
Fact is there’s many other sources of low frequency noise worse than that of wind turbines. The greater benefit of renewable energy outweighs the displacement of a few nutjobs, at least some of whom are simply using sickness as an excuse to save their countryside views.

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Thoroughly Smashed 4:02 pm
06 Nov 11
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EvanJames said :

the low-frequency sound emitted by the turbines actually harms the people living nearby.[citation needed]

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bobzed57 5:07 pm
06 Nov 11
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While they might be all goodness and light for the environment, they sure are visual polution.

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qbngeek 5:20 pm
06 Nov 11
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EvanJames said :

What is emerging (from this and other wind farms) is that the low-frequency sound emitted by the turbines actually harms the people living nearby. Some people have had to actually leave their properties and live further away, returning to the properties to work, the health effects are so severe.

The world is yet to see any evidence that this is true, apart from the word of people who are pissed off that they didn’t make any money out of the wind farms. Mind you, there is evidence out there that proves it to be a load of crap.

It is a load of rubbish and is only supported by the gullible and the people mentioned above.

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qbngeek 5:21 pm
06 Nov 11
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bobzed57 said :

While they might be all goodness and light for the environment, they sure are visual polution.

I reckon they look awesome, I can see hills anywhere I go. My kids love to see them too.

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JonahBologna 5:21 pm
06 Nov 11
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Wind turbines to cause a genuine health hazard. It is called anemomenophobia; or the fear of wind turbines. It is a crippling psychological condition where people think that they can be negatively affected by a rotating piece of metal.

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I-filed 5:50 pm
06 Nov 11
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There was an ABC doco recently. Farmers who were profiting 90,000+ a year from the wind turbines were living within a few hundred metres with no ill-effects, and pointed out that their livestock were happily munching grass and sleeping right beneath the turbines. Farmers who had missed out were complaining of health problems.

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Henry82 5:57 pm
06 Nov 11
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Personally, i think they look fine.

However afaik they have a high pitched noise (that certain people can’t hear) and it makes some people sick.

http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/special_eds/20110725/wind/

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welkin31 6:03 pm
06 Nov 11
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enrique, I asked my questions because there are a multitude of talented people reading RiotAct – some of who may have relevant information.
Let me just point you to webpages where you can make charts of the performance of various windfarms –
http://windfarmperformance.info/
I like the chart at the bottom of the page, right hand side of the pair – comparing wind power supply with total demand for power across the NEM regions (NSW, Qld, SA, Tas and Vic) for the calendar year 2010.
Showing supply on the same scale as demand.
Sort of gets wind power in perspective.

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Stevian 6:28 pm
06 Nov 11
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bobzed57 said :

While they might be all goodness and light for the environment, they sure are visual polution.

That’s surely a matter of opinion, I quite like them. The noise pollution is a lie, as is the bird killing claim. Conventional power generation is much more harmful. I quote as much citation as anyone else has.

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