Four windmills may line a portion of the horizon near the Allegheny and Stonycreek townships border by the end of 2009.
At their meeting on Monday, township supervisors said that Airtricity Inc., of Connecticut, plans to construct a farm of between 20 and 30 windmills in Allegheny, Stonycreek and Shade townships.
During the meeting, the supervisors reviewed a sketch plan of part of the farm drawn by Musser Engineering Inc., of Central City.
The four windmills planned in Allegheny Township are to be built on property owned by the New Baltimore Sportsman’s Club.
“I am not for them and I am not against them,” Supervisor Chairman Miles Costello said of the windmills. “There are some groups not for them.”
Costello said some residents have cited noise, dangers to wildlife and aesthetics as reasons for prohibiting windmill construction.
Allegheny Township resident Joe Myers said he thinks more windmills should be constructed in the area.
“I think it is fantastic,” said Myers, who is working to construct small windmills to power his horse farm and surrounding subdivided areas on his farm. “We are offsetting carbon emission,” he said.
Myers said rising fuel costs were one of the catalysts that spurred his interest in alternative energy.
The windmills Myers is working on are separate from the Airtricity farm and smaller in size. Myers said his windmills would stand less than 100 feet tall.
The supervisors said some of the power produced by the Airtricity windmill farm may be used by locals.
“They put it in the grid,” Supervisor Dale Miller said. “If we don’t use it, somebody will.”
Miller said the supervisors were told by Airtricity officials that work on the windmills could begin in the fall of 2008.
Myers said as far as he is concerned, the more windmills the better.
“I would like to see the ridges dotted with them,” he said.
By Rick Kazmer
Daily American Staff Writer
8 April 2008
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