Standing out in the field behind his family farm in Tipton, Greg Merida sometimes wonders if people are hearing something that he isn’t.
Things have been even quieter for Merida and his family since the lone wind turbine that stands on their property had its blade broken off March 2.
So, when remonstrators express their concern about the safety of the turbines among many other nuisances they create, notably excessive noise, Merida urges them to stand out in the field and listen.
“When I’m in my house, I don’t hear these things,” he said. “Occasionally, we’ll get some [shadow] flicker in our bedroom window, but it doesn’t bother us. If you’ve got the blinds drawn, it’s not going to affect you.”
Merida said there has been little reason to be up in arms about wind development when his property hasn’t experienced many of the ill effects that have been associated with the turbines.
He noted that his television and cell phone reception has remained undisturbed in addition to the lack of noise being generated. None of Merida’s family members, including his wife and daughter, have complained about the minimal impact it has had on their lives.
Out in the field, Merida shows where lightning likely struck the tip of the turbine’s blade, leaving burn marks, while a cable traveling along the side of the turbine may have conducted electricity to the base of the blade where it broke off, leaving additional burn marks.
Although it was the second blade to break in the Wildcat Wind Farm in 2014, it has not been a concern for Merida and many of his family members, who also have wind turbines on their farm property nearby.
The voices that continue to speak out against wind farm development in the county remain strong and united as ever heading into Tuesday’s primary where some candidates have taken a hard stance against future development.