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Residents challenge wind farm  

The Barbados Light and Power Company is meeting growing resistance to its plan to construct a windfarm at Lamberts in St. Lucy.

The residents have raised concerns about environmental risks including noise pollution at a town hall meeting over the weekend.

The residents of Josey Hill and areas where the proposed farm is to be developed have unpleasant memories of Barbados’ lone experiment with wind power. This turbine at Berry Hill erected in 1986. Some of the residents say it was extremely noisy and charge that eleven, which the company is planning to build will be deafening.

A number of other Barbadians also commented on the proposed development the main point of focus the location of the turbines to homes.

The Barbados Light and Power Company says the noise from modern turbines is lower and can be controlled, according to world health guidelines.

The company also noted that it will consider geological factors like underground caves if it’s given permission to go ahead with the project.

Government officials have assured residents that their concerns will be noted in the preparation of the ongoing environmental impact assessment.

The proposed wind project will generate 28 million kilowatt hours per year, enough to provide just over 9200 homes with electricity and save the country nearly six million dollars in foreign exchange.

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26 February 2007

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