Prior experience with wind turbines is found to be a significant determinant of individual attitude towards wind farms in many studies. With the increasing level of wind power development on a global scale, this information can be of particular importance. The information entailed in the impacts from prior experience can thus serve as a guideline for policy planners and wind generation developers to increase the wind power capacity in an effective manner, so that opposition or negative attitudes towards wind power are minimised in future wind power landscapes.
Based on the significant prior experience effects, the review of the studies points towards that increasing number of turbines on-land can reduce the acceptance of future wind power development at even small additions to the current numbers of wind turbines. This is particularly evident if wind turbines cannot be kept out of the view shed from the individual residence. It could be shown that a solution to this increasing problem of local acceptance is apparently to move the future development offshore. Offshore, people seem to be less sensitive to view shed issues and the number of turbines. However, locating offshore wind farms too close to the shore might trigger even more negative attitudes.
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