Germans Rebelling Against Wind Farms

Germans Rebelling Against Wind Farms

Germans are rebelling against wind farms because of noise, loss of property values, and their negative aesthetic effect on the countryside.

But most importantly, wind farms kill birds and bats.

Signs such as this are springing up all over Germany.

From Clean Energy Wire (CLEW): Resistance against wind power in Germany

Crowds such as these are popping up all over Germany.


According to the German Wind Energy Association, groups such as these are making it a veritable challenge to build new wind farms. “Opposition has become a serious hurdle for new projects.”

The General Manager at the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), said legal problems related to new wind power projects put Germany’s climate targets at risk.

A survey by the Renewable Energies Agency found that 52% of Germans supported new wind energy projects, but that means nearly half of all Germans oppose new wind farms.

A study by Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA), found that, “Subsonic noise could have negative effects on the human body, such as disturbed sensory perception or circulatory problems.”

“Asparagus” spoil the countryside. Wind turbines sprouting up all over the country, like asparagus, destroying the aesthetic value of the countryside.

According to the land owner association Haus&Grund, fear of lost property values are “absolutely founded.” Property values could “drop by 20 to 30 percent or homes could even become unsellable in extreme cases” if wind turbines are erected nearby. (Quotes from CLEW.)

In Bavaria, there is the so-called 10H-rule, where, “The Bavaria’s constitutional court backed the ruling that the minimum distance between a wind turbine and the nearest buildings must be ten times the height of the turbine.”

Wind expansion in Bavaria has virtually stopped since the 10H-rule was implemented in 2014.

Quoting Wind Power Monthly, “In the first half of 2015, around 275 MW was granted approval in Bavaria, but only 25 MW was permitted in the second half of the year, according to data published by DEWI in February 2016.”

Now that the real effects of wind farms are being felt by ordinary people, the future of Germany’s energiewende program is in danger of failing.

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