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Visual impact evaluation of a wind park in a Greek island

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  • Tsoutsos, Theocharis
  • Tsouchlaraki, Androniki
  • Tsiropoulos, Manolis
  • Serpetsidakis, Michalis

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The visual impact of wind turbines is one of the main factors affecting public acceptance of wind parks. This paper evaluates the visual impact of a wind park in Chania, Crete, using the Spanish method of evaluation. The outcomes are combined with the psychometric testing of the residents by the use of questionnaires and with the values of the Spanish method about various scenarios concerning the size of the wind park (double, half, one wind turbine). The results of the study prove that the quantification of the potential visual impact could minimize this, apparently, main reason that affects public acceptance.

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  • Tsoutsos, Theocharis & Tsouchlaraki, Androniki & Tsiropoulos, Manolis & Serpetsidakis, Michalis, 2009. "Visual impact evaluation of a wind park in a Greek island," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 86(4), pages 546-553, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:appene:v:86:y:2009:i:4:p:546-553
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