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Community meeting on Turkey Hill turbine Thursday  

Credit:  GateHouse News Service, Cohasset Mariner, www.wickedlocal.com 16 August 2010 ~~

Cohasset – The Trustees of Reservations will hold a public meeting regarding their proposal to construct a wind turbine on Turkey Hill in Cohasset. The Trustees are exploring the feasibility of placing a 1.8 MW turbine on their property in Cohasset, near the Hingham town line.

The meeting will be held in the Town Hall Auditorium at 41 Highland Ave. at 7pm on Thursday, Aug. 19th. This is the first in a series of meetings The Trustees intend to provide information on their project and answer questions from the community about the goals of the project and the specifics of the proposal.

According to Stephen Sloan, the Greater Boston Regional Director for The Trustees, “One of the reasons we like the proposed site is that it is very remote. Nonetheless, we recognize that this project may be of interest to residents who live nearest to the proposed site and want to ensure that we provide an opportunity for people to ask questions at this early stage in the project development.”

This proposal is one measure in a broad set of changes The Trustees are undertaking in order to reduce their carbon footprint and encourage others to do the same. Some of the other key strategies The Trustees are adopting include conducting energy audits of its buildings, weatherizing structures, switching to cleaner burning fuels, installing solar hot water and photovoltaic arrays, reducing travel through the use of video conferencing, reducing the acreage of lawns it mows, and installing rain barrels and underground cisterns for water re-use.

The Trustees are welcoming residents of both Hingham and Cohasset, who might be interested in learning more about the project to attend the meeting. The project will be permitted in Cohasset, since this is where the turbine would be located.

Danniel Mendelsohn of Applied Science Associates, a consultant who is working on the project’s feasibility study will present some of the early findings, including the result of noise studies, renderings of the turbine from several perspectives, and environmental impacts associated with the Turkey Hill site.

Source:  GateHouse News Service, Cohasset Mariner, www.wickedlocal.com 16 August 2010

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