More than half of wind farm developments are subject to objections from the aviation sector, and are treated comparably to other tall structures such as high-rise buildings, transmitter masts and chimneys.
Wind turbines turn to produce energy, which under certain conditions can cause the complication of appearing on radar systems. To overcome this, the wind industry, the aviation industry and government signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2008, since refreshed in 2011.
This led to the establishment of an Aviation Fund, which promotes research into methods of reducing the effects of wind farms on radars, and the establishment of an Aviation Management Board chaired by the Department for Energy and Climate Change and including representatives from RenewableUK, which meets regularly to address wider issues.
RenewableUK recommends that aviation stakeholders are always consulted early in the wind farm planning application process.
Some key stakeholders include: