Public Service Board retains setback limit of 10 times the height of the turbine; a 500-foot turbine would have to be at least 5,000 feet from the nearest residence.
The setback here in Clifton is 4000 feet. It is 4200 feet to the nearest residence and the residents can hear the turbines. And these are only 1.8 MW turbines. Even at more than 4000 feet these turbines loom over houses on the Rebel Hill Road. For a 500 foot turbine, 5000 feet is not unreasonable. If the developer doesn't own or control that much land then tough patooties. I think that undeveloped land should also be considered in setbacks. It's a taking. Our town says first come, first served. Until it's land that town officials or their relatives own that is. Early homesteaders moved on when they could hear their neighbors dog bark. Well modern society doesn't offer simple choices for living and working. Human ecology is as important as the rest of the natural environment. It's not crazy for humans to want protections from industrial wind energy development. To me, what's crazy is to sell out to this monumental scam.
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