It’s shorter, closer to Route 28, and will produce less power, but at least a major abutter is happy about changes in John Peck’s planned wind turbine installation at his boatyard in Marstons Mills.
Peck and his attorney Stuart Rapp, and abutter Bob Hayden and his attorney Michael Ford, outlined the alterations for the planning board July 14. Members continued the public hearing until July 28 so they can review additional data on energy production and “flicker” from the blades’ rotation.
Following Hayden’s appeal of the board’s decision to approve the tower, the principals and their attorneys reached agreement on a plan to move the turbine monopole 76 feet to the south and reduce its height from 126 to 100 feet.
The revisions will keep the area of flicker, or shadows, almost entirely on Peck’s property, according to Conrad Geyser, design consultant and construction engineer.
Questioned by member Felicia Penn, who said the town’s wind power bylaw stresses energy efficiency, Geyser said the changes would result in about a 10 percent loss of potential power generation. “We’re still looking to produce 80 percent of the property’s electrical usage,” he said.
Member Dave Munsell expressed concern about the visual effects of moving the tower closer to Route 28. Ford noted that the monopole will be shielded partially by a building.
Written by Edward F. Maroney
15 July 2008
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