Here’s an interesting photo taken off the coast of Denmark. We seldom get a chance to see a clear visual illustration of how a wind turbine affects its neighbors. When weather conditions are right, the wake effect downwind of the turbines can form clouds and we can see that the wind becomes more turbulent and doesn’t flow as it normally would.
It makes you wonder what these downwind wake effects would do to other farms in the area. Would temperature and precipitation change, and if so, how? Would the shifting winds off of Lake Erie affect the crops on other farms differently as a result of having these turbines installed nearby?
We’re unaware of any studies that have been done and we think these are reasonable questions that need to be asked. How about you?