Renewable Energy Systems. It sounds good on paper. Does it look good? This is a picture of my house although you will need a magnifying glass to find it. These turbines won't directly affect me as I can't see or (hopefully) hear them from my garden but they are already changing how we live in the village. Yesterday I was driving home when a cement mixer, going so fast that it was almost obliterated in dust, nearly ran me off the road. As it approached I pulled over and frantically waved my arm out of the window. The driver screached to a halt and backed up. Uh oh I thought, what's going to happen now. He wanted to know what was wrong. I told him he was going too fast for such a narrow road. He said sorry, but he thought the mixers had the road to themselves. I told him he was wrong; cows, sheep and the occasional camel and their drivers used the road. School buses and moped users used it. Dogs were walked along it and it was my way home. He again said sorry but it brings it home how the builders of these turbines have no concept of the life that has to continue around them. These hills were home to the Lelegians well over two millennium ago. We're any archaeologists on site when the massive holes were dug for the foundations? Will the pine trees survive when the blades start turning and reduce the moisture in the air? Will the amount of energy each turbine produces in its short lifetime justify the amount of energy needed to build, transport and erect it? Wouldn't a solar energy plant be more appropriate in an area where it is sunny nearly every day but not nearly so windy? Would it not have been at least polite to consult local community leaders before the project went ahead?
My only consolation is that they are better here than on the Bodrum peninsula where some are to be sited dangerously close to villages. The sad fact is that despite protests and court cases, the construction in these contentious sites is still going on.