My heading is a reminder of Acker Bilk’s 1961 clarinet piece featuring the Leon Young String Chorale but I’m actually referring to the oddity of standing beside these towering windmills on the beaches of Bangui in Ilocos Norte, which is mystifyingly…out-of-the-way. This deserted coastline of about three kilometers gives the impression that these multi-million dollar monsters might have shooed beachgoers away. Nobody wants to lie on the sand with tons of steel whirring over their heads. Add to that the whooshing sounds and the flashing shadows that will give you a pounding head and a ringing ear. Besides, in case you haven’t heard of it, there’s this thing called the “wind turbine syndrome” which is a mental health hazard caused by the rotor’s low-pitched hum. And yes, dear friends, those tall structures spoils the panoramic view of the China Sea, as seen from the highway. Might as well labeled this as ‘The Aerogenerators’ Invasion of Serenity.”
Of course this is the “green” era in need of the “green” power and windmills are the top alternative; they don’t pollute, no fuel required, zero waste and blah blah..but how about placing them on some windy mountains or an offshore location.
POINT OF COMPARISON. Each windmill stands at about the height of the Quezon Memorial Monument and their nacelle (the engine enclosure that connects the rotors) can house at least one Ford Expedition.