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NIMBYism Alert: Opposition to "Industrial" Solar Projects

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Dec 21, 2013 01:00 AM
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by Alex Wilson last modified Dec 18, 2013

Author name:  Alex Wilson Blog Category:  Energy Solutions Are we going to find the same NIMBY opposition to larger solar systems that we’re experiencing today with wind farms?  The 197 kW solar array at Logan Airport in Boston—on the top level of the Terminal B parking garage. Click to enlarge. Photo Credit: Alex Wilson When the economy-of-scale with wind power led to larger and larger wind turbines, opponents of these installations took to referring to them as “industrial wind power.” Whenever I see a letter-to-the-editor or news story that uses this identity I can tell that it’s going to have an anti-wind bias. Whether its marring their views of pristine mountains, blighting their night sky with blinking red lights, causing bird and bat fatalities, or producing “infrasound” pollution, opponents almost universally refer to these wind farms using an industrial moniker. So, I’m becoming troubled by recent reference to “industrial solar” in describing the larger photovoltaic (PV) installations that are cropping up in Vermont and nationwide. Some opposition seems to be emerging, for example, to a 2 megawatt (MW) array that’s being proposed for Brattleboro, and I’m hearing more and more such concerns nationally. read more






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