Little Turbines, Big Eyesores?

By: Mr. Wilson on August 27, 2008
Current zoning restrictions in Lincoln all but prevent homeowners from placing small wind turbines on their property. Some people would like to see those rules changed. It wasn't all that long ago that people accepted large television antennas and satellite dishes on roofs and in back yards. Would people also accept the "unsightliness" of wind turbines? Would you? It's probably a moot point for me. I don't think I could get enough wind on my property on a regular basis to justify the cost of a turbine. Nor could most of my neighbors. I could go for some nice solar panels -- or better yet, solar shingles -- though.


See what your friends and neighbors have to say about this.

August 27, 2008 at 2:05PM

I have looked around at these.  They have a huge range of prices.  I would invest in one if I knew it would return my investment quickly and save me lots in the long run.

Kirk A
August 27, 2008 at 2:23PM

I do not think that I would consider wind turbines unsightly. I too would have one installed if it would return the investment, however I don’t think that would happen where I live.

August 27, 2008 at 2:51PM

I would consider them unsightly and think they should be left to acreages and areas outside of the city. Bad idea to have them sprouting up in yards.

August 27, 2008 at 2:58PM

In my neighborhood it would be a nice addition actually.  The neighborhood association requires we have a dead appliance on the property 😉

August 27, 2008 at 3:08PM

As a regular bicyclist I find this a little hard to believe (the wind is my training partner), but the Lincoln area has about the least amount of wind in the state, and is considered only marginal for generating power.

August 27, 2008 at 3:55PM

On topic, an occasional turbine would not bother me, but a forest of small ones would be going back to the clutter that was TV antennas. I don’t think I have enough space anyway

August 27, 2008 at 4:13PM

I was supportive until I read Peter’s post about Lincoln’s inability to harness generating wind. Now it seems more logical to zone wind farms on city limits.

If 100-meter wind generators started cropping up all over town, that would be an eyesore.

August 27, 2008 at 4:20PM

They have all sorts of designs out there.  this one is nifty, pretty, and small.  The tech will keep getting better and prices currently are cheaper than a solar install.

Still I know from my kite flying in the adjacent field, some days it is not gonna even spin.

August 27, 2008 at 5:17PM

I wonder if as tech improves we could throw the turbines on top of cell towers?

August 27, 2008 at 6:53PM

I really like that little sideways rooftop wind powered contraption.  He looks like he’d be a good workhorse on houses all over the place.  If they (windterra) could design it to have little weathervane roosters running around chasing each other, instead of just straight boring windblades… well, I think most everyone would go for that!!! 😊  (But I really do think that small one is a great design… if it truly works).

Karin Dalziel
August 29, 2008 at 2:49PM

Wait… people don’t accept TV antennas? I still see them fairly frequently.

On a related note, if anyone knows of a way to get our TV antenna OFF our roof for cheap, let me know.

September 2, 2008 at 4:33PM

YOu could put a sign on it stating “100% copper.  Don’t Steal”  Should be gone in a few days.

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