Great news from the heart of vast Aroostook County, Maine. By a 4-1 vote, the Town Council of Fort Fairfield has adopted an incredibly well researched and comprehensive wind power ordinance. The key is the setback requirement for turbine siting of one mile from the property lines of non-participating property owners. This compares to the "State Model" (written by the wind industry) of 150% of the height of the turbine, which would be merely 750 ft. for a 500 ft turbine.
Photo of Fort Fairfield with the Mars Hill wind turbines (the "small ones", 389 ft tall GE 1.5 MW) very clearly seen in the distance. This photo was from the internet, taken by Paul Cyr. Paul Cyr is a fabulous photographer and the images of northern Maine and wildlife are stunning. Visit http://pkcyr.com/index.php/en/
Fort Fairfield has been a target of Horizon Wind, now part of EDP Renewables, for a 100 turbine project. EDP Renewables, meanwhile, has submitted an application for the largest wind project in New England at Number Nine Mt., closer to Mars Hill. It is a great victory for proponents of local control in Fort Fairfield. The Bangor Daily News story is at this link: