I do not understand how the debate in the UK is still raging about these things. "They are ruining the landscape, they make noise blah blah blah". For crying out loud, if we don't sort out our problem with energy there won't be a damn landscape to look at.
One of the popular conceptions of Germans in the UK is that they are ultra efficient. I cannot believe that the Germans haven't had the debate about how efficient these wind turbines are, yet we are still being told that they cannot make enough power to warrant their being used as a serious alternative, that they kill birds, that Nuclear Power is the only way to go. These are a blot on the landscape and a Nuclear Power station isn't? What? Have we seriously got to the point where we are now thinking that Nuclear is a good idea again? What PR company managed to slide that one past everyone?
So why are wind turbines all over Germany? I live in a very rural area 60 km north of Hannover, and they are all around me. I think that they look fantastic, and the wind being harnessed as a source of energy is hardly a new idea...