Two sources of renewable energy -- solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and wind power -- are heading in opposite directions in San Francisco where, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, solar home power installations have doubled over the last two-and-a-half years while the tally for residential wind projects is stuck in the single digits (nine, to be exact).
Not In My Backyard (NIMBY) syndrome is well documented in the wind energy sector. In short, it's difficult to hide a wind turbine -- no matter what size. Nantucket property owners, for instance, have long resisted progress of the Cape Wind, a project that aims to site 130 offshore wind turbines in Nantucket Sound. While the property owners justify their opposition by emphasizing the environmental impacts of the proposed project, it's difficult to not see an element of NIMBYism in their motivations.