We're Big Fans of Wind!
Wind Energy is turning out big benefits for NC.
Why support wind energy in our state?
The first wind project in North Carolina has generated:
Reliable income for landowners and farmers at $6K per turbine
Up to 500 jobs during construction
$640K in property tax revenue for local communities
Energy independent source of power harnessed in the U.S.A.
All wind projects are military and FAA approved
Still not blown away?
Maybe you’ve caught wind of some negative aspects about living near a wind farm. Through wind specific county permitting, special steps are taken to ensure safety and comfort of those nearby. Those typically include:
- Limiting noise levels to 55 decibels, about the same volume as a house fan
- At a minimum turbines must be setback 2.5x their own height from neighboring landowners’ property
- Any potential shadow flicker from the sun on neighboring property cannot exceed 30 hours per year
In 2017, a temporary 18-month ban was put on wind energy development in North Carolina for additional studies on the impact of wind energy and military defense radar – halting projects that may have already been approved by the military and FAA. All wind farm projects in the United States have to be thoroughly vetted by:
- Department of Defense
- United States Navy
- United States Coast Guard
- United States Army
- Federal Aviation Administration
Resources on Wind Energy
House Leader “Reassured” on Wind Farm
Written By: Jon Hawley Staff Writer Friday, February 24, 2017 The Amazon Wind Farm US East should be allowed to continue operating, a leading House Republican said Thursday after touring the Navy's long-range radar facility in Chesapeake, Virgina. Rep. …Read More
In North Carolina, a Big Cardboard Reminder of Wind Power’s Economic Impact
Written By: Elizabeth Ouzts January 24, 2018 A politically controversial wind farm is now the biggest property taxpayer in two rural North Carolina counties. It recently delivered big cardboard checks to prove it. While Raleigh celebrates making Amazon’s …Read More
Navy: Wind Farm Given Green Light in 2014; Still OK Today
Written By: Jon Hawley Staff Writer Sunday, January 15, 2017 The U.S. Navy did not contact state lawmakers about shutting down Amazon Wind Farm US East, nor does it have evidence the farm can't co-exist with its nearby …Read More
Concrete for Taller Wind Turbine Towers Passes Tests, Could Help Expand Wind Energy Nationwide
Written By: Iowa State University May 25, 2017 That's wind country. The blue band runs east from the Rockies to just south of the Great Lakes, then around Arkansas and down to south Texas. It shows where …Read More
Wind Generation Benefits Farmers, Rural Communities and the Environment
Written By: Robert Giblin September 13, 2017 U.S. energy production is undergoing rapid transformation, with substantial impacts to the agriculture and rural economies. Many farmers already produce renewable energy by growing corn to make ethanol and soybeans …Read More