We live in an area where the wind can cause some serious damage.
- Many times there are high sustained winds for months on end.
For this reason our state has approved the installation of large windmill farms across the area and I fear that they have done this without realizing the full impact of the decision. Sure, vacant farmland has been targeted for these monster windmills but it also can affect other areas of the environment. They say that in the coming years solar, wind, and hydro power plants will run most of the infrastructure and allow for homes to use their heat, air conditioning, and other appliances for a more reasonable cost and do less damage to the environment around them. However, I wonder how much the upfront cost of this change will be. If the taxpayers are footing the bill for all of this “green energy” then are they really saving money in the long run. Yes, these items will cut down on harmful emissions from fossil fuels but I don’t see any other advantages. If people choose to install solar panels on their own to run their HVAC and lights that is fine as they are benefiting directly from the money spent. Giving it to the government to purchase and install these things is another story all together. Additionally, if a person wants to run an HVAC unit off of one of these alternative power sources the unit has to be retrofitted to make the conversions in many cases. If they are doing this on a state level then it will cost even more tax dollars to make those changes in government buildings everywhere.