There’s a lot of fuss made of wind turbines being an eyesore for people. This is something I have never understood, as I think they are quite nice looking and, furthermore, they are certainly tons more attractive and pleasant than a coal-fired power plant.
Apparently, I’m not the only one who likes the look of wind turbines (and loves seeing them when I visit other places). Local journalists in Philadelphia have a story this week on how Atlantic City wind turbines have become a tourist attraction there.
“The 32-story turbines of the Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm have so dramatically changed Atlantic City’s skyline – perhaps more than any casino could – that tourists haven’t stopped asking questions about them since they went up five years ago along a back-bay salt marsh,” Jacqueline L. Urgo writes.
“Some casino hotel guests are so fascinated that they ask for rooms with a view of the five delicate fans, resort operators say.”
Tours of Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm
The Atlantic County Utilities Authority is now offering tours of the wind farm twice a week (June-August), which sits on the grounds of the Route 30 wastewater-treatment facility.
Tours by appointment were started last summer to gauge interest. Up till now, 15,000 people a year have toured the facilities.
The tour covers the industrial-looking grounds of the wastewater-treatment facility, where a rotten-egg smell emanates from the containment basins and water-clarifying stations. But standing at the concrete base of one of the massive turbines gives visitors a better understanding of just how this operation saves 24,000 barrels of crude oil a year with the hybrid energy projects in use here.
While visitors can’t go inside and climb the winding staircases of the 385-foot carbon-steel structures, they can get close enough to the bases to hear the unique “whoosh” of the 120-foot blades.
The wind farm was the first commercial wind farm in New Jersey and the first coastal and urban wind farm in the United States.
I’m sure if I were visiting the area I’d try to go on a tour.
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