Image by Jim Huff/Santee CooperImage by 20091106-photo.jpg This photo simulation compares the visibility of wind turbines placed at varying distances from shore. Specifically, the turbines are depicted at distances, left to right, of 2 miles, 3 miles, 4 miles, 5 miles, 6 miles, 7 miles and 8 miles from the shore. Different light, wind and haze conditions could make them more or less visible.
If you're excited about the prospect of capturing wind energy off South Carolina's beaches, but concerned that it could disrupt the Lowcountry's natural beauty, then Santee Cooper has some info for you.
Above you can see what researchers think it would look like under various conditions, but they note that "Different light, wind and haze conditions could make them more or less visible."