She’s not alone — at least, not according to a research study co-authored by N.C. State University professor Laura Taylor, which revealed home renters in the Outer Banks would be less likely to return if offshore wind turbines are visible from their homes.
Utility-scale wind farms can have anywhere from 150 to 200 wind turbines, which typically stand 50 stories tall, Taylor said. There are no offshore wind farms in the United States, and there is only one proposal to build one off the coast of Rhode Island.
“I wasn’t so sure that the tourism population would be amenable to that kind of change in the ocean view,” she said. “And if a turbine farm of that size was built off of one particular beach, they might choose to take their vacation somewhere else.”
Taylor said the Outer Banks region — including Bachman’s home, Kitty Hawk — is dominated by rental beach homes, which have a lot of repeat visitation and hold significant history for families.