- PEOPLE HATE LIVING
NEXT TO BIG TALL TURBINES
Ag Canada shuts down wind turbine
Last Updated: Friday, July 27, 2007
- 2:06 PM AT CBC News
- A $200,000 wind
turbine installed at an Agriculture Canada research station on
P.E.I. has been shut down because of complaints it's too noisy.
- The turbine was installed to provide green
energy to the research station in Harrington, north of Charlottetown,
but operated for only two days before it was shut down for good.
The windmill is set back 300 metres from the road.The windmill
is set back 300 metres from the road.
- "We had a call from a neighbour complaining
about the noise and that it caused ill health to them,"
said Mike Hennigar of Agriculture Canada, "so we made the
decision to turn it off and further investigate what exactly
was going on with it."
- The neighbour was complaining of migraine
- Agriculture Canada tested the noise at the
foot of the tower with a decibel meter and measured 62 dB in
high winds, a level of sound somewhere between a clothes dryer
and a washing machine.
- The department had an environmental assessment
done before the 30-metre high, three-blade turbine was installed.
The consultant said the location of the turbine, 300 metres from
the road and 400 metres from the nearest house, should not cause
- Hennigar said Agriculture Canada is considering
relocating the turbine, which would cost about $120,000, or perhaps
selling it. He said it would not be operating again at its current
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