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How safe are wind turbines?
Wind energy is one of the safest energy technologies with several built-in safety features.
"They also require minimal maintenance, and the reliability of wind turbines, measured in terms
of availability to make electricity when the wind is blowing, is better than 98 percent."
(Source: Paul Gipe. Wind Power Comes of Age. 1996)
Modern turbines are equipped with an extensive lightning protection system that transfers high voltages and currents without affecting turbine operations.
Wind turbines have moving parts, but the sound they make is virtually undetectable from a distance. You would have little difficulty conversing right beneath one.
Flying ice should not be a serious concern for two reasons. First, the utility-scale wind turbines that Wesco Wins operates are generally sited at least 650 feet away from homes and public roadways. Secondly, ice buildup on blades negatively affects aerodynamics, and, therefore, the operating efficiency of the wind turbine. The newest turbines are equipped with highly sensitive sensors that can react swiftly to changes in humidity and shut down a turbine to prevent ice throws.