Are you kidding with your March 11 Cheers & Jeers item “Will wind incentives help?”
I voted against a 400-foot industrial wind turbine that was proposed to be built 1,200 feet from my home in Harwich last May. A big factor in deciding that this might not be such a good idea was to learn about what was going on in Vinalhaven, Maine.
In November 2009, the Fox Islands Electric Cooperative turned on its three similar-size industrial wind turbines. The residents were told they wouldn’t be able to hear the noise. They were told shadow flicker would not be an issue. These homeowners (as well as the entire island) were promised a direct benefit in the form of reductions in their individual electric bills.
There is noise; there is flicker; and some neighbors (24 of 38 people living year-round within half a mile) are suffering. The cooperative has purchased at least one of the homes closest to the turbines.
Shortly after Harwich voted down the turbines, Falmouth’s turbine went on line and neighbors started complaining about the same things as the neighbors in Vinalhaven.
Shame on you for insinuating that throwing money at people affected might shut them up!
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