I'm glad I was not driving late in the summer when we drove through Lempster and I saw my first wind farm. If I had been driving I may have driven off of the road. Lempster is New Hampshire's first wind farm and it went online in 2008. We stopped in several places for photographs and observations. I paid special attention to any noises. I had read testimony from residents of Mars Hill in Maine about the horrendous noise that their wind farm makes. The information I had read motivated me to attend town meetings in Barton to oppose any wind farm development. Yet nothing I read prepared me for the beauty of the Lempster farm.
It was quiet. I may have heard an occasional soft whoosh as if a raptor was flying, but I couldn't be sure. The twelve 250 feet (76 m) tall turbines were beautiful to see and to watch. I saw no evidence of what we were told would happen to Barton. The Lempster wind farm is much smaller than the proposed Barton wind farm, though. So while I am not convinced that wind farms are safe and worthwhile, I think I need to find unbiased facts about them. That information is difficult to find!
I found a few videos that you may want to watch. They are about the Lempster wind farm, some emerging wind technology and some of the controversy.
There will be more about the Lempster wind farm in the future when we drive up to the site to view the turbines.
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