A wind turbine in the landscape
No-one is indifferent to the installation of a wind farm next to where they live. However, research shows that some landscapes gain from the presence of wind turbines. And if the developers took care to share the advantages as much as the disadvantages, plans for wind farms would be better accepted by the population concerned.
To determine the landscape preferences of the Belgians, the researchers showed a series of photos to a representative sample of more than 1500 people during a face-to-face door-to-door survey. Simulations of wind farms had been added to some of the photos. There were two versions of each photo: one with and one without wind turbines. Of course, the two photos weren’t shown to the same person to avoid influencing their opinion. Furthermore, the interviewers didn’t say that they were carrying out a survey on wind turbines.
(1) Landscape capacity and social attitudes towards wind energy projects in Belgium, A. Van Rompaey et al., Belspo, 2011.