A new study published by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council seems to say otherwise. “There is currently no scientific evidence published in great detail that shows an alleged link between wind and adverse effects on human health.
Even the World Health Organization (WHO) says there is no evidence “irrefutable” that could substantiate this claim.
Interestingly, the study indicates that a wind farm (10 turbines) located 350 meters from a subject is less noisy (35-45 dB) that a car traveling at 100 km / h (55 dBA – 100 meters away) or remains well below a noisy office (60 dBA).
Furthermore, the noise levels of a wind farm are negligible – “when it does not seem to be any differences between those (Editor’s note sounds) found in other everyday situations,” notes the study.
Another complaint against the turbines on the sun’s rays are reflected by the blades causing a potentially dangerous glare. Contradicting this anxiety, the study states “that all the blades of large wind turbine manufacturers undergo treatment with low-reflectivity coating … the risk of glare of the blade on modern wind turbines is considered very low.”
Opponents also formulate assessments are often subjective (and negative), such that the ugliness of the masts, the confiscation of the beauty of landscapes or sea by the wind.
Wind power also raises questions such as the danger of blades for the safety of birds and other small animals or weakness of the average production estimated by the associations to 30% of installed capacity (eg for 1 MW of power, Average production is 2,500 MWh over the year).
But compared to other energy sources, the arguments in favor of wind power are quite convincing: no inherent waste, no need to water unlike solar panels, wind turbines occupy less land.