Representatives from DyoCore, a company that develops alternative energy resources, received approval from the Ramona Community Planning Group (RCPG) to install five roof-mounted hybrid wind turbines on property in Ramona.
Company representatives said they have nine similar projects planned in the community.
RCPG Secretary Kristi Mansolf told the planning group at its Jan. 6 meeting that the project had
been presented to the group’s West Subcommittee and approved.
Reading from the subcommittee minutes, Mansolf said the technology is new and incorporates a solar panel and a fan driven turbine.
Each turbine, she said, will have three blades. The goal is to harness the wind. The apparatus is flexible, has a rudder and will turn in the wind, said Mansolf, who also serves as West Subcommittee chair.
To have wind turbines on a property, the lot size must be at least one acre, and five turbines is the limit per property, said Mansolf. The turbines will be directly mounted to the roof of the house. To date, the turbines have not claimed the lives of any birds, she reported.
Concerns, she said, were noise and visual impacts to neighbors.
The zoning ordinance keeps changing as these types of green energy projects evolve, Mansolf noted.
DyoCore representatives were seeking approval for a project on the 4.5-acre Welsh property on Highlander Road.
Richard Berry of DyoCore said small wind technology is new for residences and businesses.
The turbines, he said, do not create noise.
“You cannot hear them,” said Berry.
Addressing costs, Berry said turbines are a lot less expensive than other options.
“In fact, the state rebate completely pays for this product,” he said.
According to the company’s product brochure, the turbines are 52 inches tall, weigh less than 45 pounds, and can be installed on any roof or area that can take advantage of sunlight and average wind speeds greater than six miles per hour wind volume.