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Study completed to assess possible weather and climate impact of wind farms

Renewable energy sources, such as wind farms, are increasingly being used across the country, and as more of the projects are deployed, new insights into alternative energy effects are discovered.

According to a recent study on large wind farms in west-central Texas, conducted by experts at the State University of New York - (SUNY) Albany, wind farms may affect local land surface temperatures. The study found that night surface temperatures in the vicinity of these wind farms have warmed, especially at night. These findings may help build adaptation and management methods for long-term sustainable wind farms with little environmental impact.

"The observations and analyses are for a relatively short period, but raise important issues that deserve attention as we move toward an era of rapid growth in wind farms in our quest for alternate energy sources," said Anjuli Bamzai, program director in the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences.

As more wind projects are developed across the country, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has outlined green job hazards specifically found in the wind energy industry. Help prevent hazards including falls, fires, open machinery, and respiratory issues by providing workers with the appropriate safety products, such as fall protection, lockout/tagout, and other controls. 

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