Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Windmill idea ludicrous

Letter to the Editor #5 "The Guardian Messenger" (Adelaide) 9th September 2009 (112 words)
by Allan Taylor of Hove.

WHAT madness is this proposed State Government $295,000 project, to trial four wind turbines for one year at the Somerton Surf Life Saving Club, and, hopefully, save the club $2000 to $3000 on electricity?

That's a 100 year pay back!

Recent independent consultant's review of all Australian wind farms show they are a complete waste of money, uneconomic even when the wind blows, a bird hazard, a potential fire risk, noise pollutant and are an ugly blot on the landscape.

The idea of installing windmills in a residential area is ludicrous. I suggest the Government's Sustainability and Climate Change office relocate the project, and themselves, to Heard Island, which is near Antarctica.
PS: This experimental windmill project of Premier Mike Rann has now been cancelled due to the many objections of the local residents. Its location is about 2 kms from where I live. I like to think that my letter helped in this decision.