Although a number of both individuals and groups across the United States are against the development of expansive wind farms for a number of reasons (primarily their aesthetic drawbacks and potentially ecologically damaging capabilities during construction) a new opponent has recently joined in the fight against the development of wind farms – the US Military. Voicing their concerns that wind farm development could potentially pose safety risks in terms of disrupting military detection capabilities by limiting the overall maximum range and detection capabilities of RADAR and other devices plans for development of both onshore and offshore wind facilities have come under scrutiny from a new angle as if late previously unheard from in earlier wind development talks.
The primary military concern about wind farm development stems from the fact that in order to maintain adequate efficiency wind farms must operate at least 80 to 100 feed in the air, with the higher the placement the more efficient the turbines can operate due to the “cleaner” wind streams. RADAR detection, however, generally begins at roughly 50 feet, thus any wind turbines present would potentially block any RADAR signals by bouncing back signal waves with their blades and create an effective “dead zone” on the opposite side of the turbine from the RADAR emitter.
This latest concern is currently being taken into consideration and further discussion must be made on a number of different proposed wind farm development sites around the US before any final decision can be done. At the very least this is likely to postpone or cancel entirely a number of major wind developments planned for both on- and off-shore establishment, though at worst it could also bring about new regulations that could even limit personal wind turbine usage and severely limit the overall capabilities of individuals to produce supplemental power of their own at home on their own properties.
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