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One of the problems with the modern Wind Turbine is that they are not so well liked aesthetically, and tend to be placed in "out of the way" locations.
Our suggestion is to combine the visually appealing "Traditional" mill concept with a modern Wind Turbine - in that the Mill building remains as
a useable building - accomodation, retail, industrial, with a modern turbine in the basement, linked to the sail assembly via a hydraulic transmission. Owing to the capability to provide multiple uses, such a system could operate on lesser efficiency levels than "Modern" turbines, yet still provide a useful power supply to the local grid. Reductions in sail speeds would reduce wear on head bearings, and the more massive (though less efficient) structure would be less prone to sudden catastrophic failures.
Soundproofing - can be by use of efficient roofspace insulation (which has thermal benefits), and the basement turbine room may be similarly insulated.
Such a structure might attract a premium as a desirable residence, which would help to offset construction costs.
||???? You lost me.
Can I get a link or a vowel or something?
||a Dutch windmill with modern blades, I think.
||Essentially resurrecting the old American farmstead, oil soaked paper for windows and all. Those poly bladed wind mills (though poor by today's standards) were effective for pumping water and operating the family computer.
||how does the wind turbine in the basement work? Is there wind there?
 on rereading, it's not a wind turbine, it's part of the hydraulic system that transfers the mechanical power to the basement, where it gets turned into electricity.
||The "traditional" windmill still in existence in Golden gate
Park were used to pump water up hill for the Park plants. The
hydraulic transmission was last century's answer machine
shop and mill drives in northern France. (FYI: hydraulic drive
transmissions can be significantly more mechanically
efficient than belts and pulleys and/or extensive gear