Four wind turbines should not pose a sound problem for residents living around Forbes Lake, says the company proposing to construct the units.
Paul Plynn, president of EON Wind Electric, along with representatives of the Town of New Glasgow which owns the site where the turbines will be instailled, met with residents recently to discuss their concerns.
Issues raised ranged from noise that the wind turbines could create, particularly being so close to the lake, to the noise of construction and ditching on the Irish Spring Mountain Road.
“We live just at the other end of the lake so we’re concerned it will be a noise problem,” said Linda McDade.
She said she was pleased with the meeting.
“It’s a start anyway,” she said.
Her husband, Bob, said if the project goes ahead he wants to make sure that construction isn’t going through the night.
Pynn said he has installed dozens of the wind turbines similar to what he’d like to put on the property without any problems.
Although they make noise, it is minimal, he says.
The type of towers they are considering for the site would be about 85 metres tall, although he says they are nowhere near making a final selection of turbines for the property. The minimum distance that the turbines are required to be away from homes is 500 metres. The closest one to the proposed sites is 650 metres.
Electricity generated from the project would go back into the grid to generate revenue.
Pynn emphasized that nothing has been finalized yet.
“This is nowhere near being a real project yet,” he said. “This is just the preliminary discussion about the possibility of a project.”
If everything were to go smoothly, the earliest that turbines would go up would be 2013.
New Glasgow consultant Bob Funke said the town would benefit from leasing rights to the property, but before they go ahead they want to make sure they address concerns of citizens and hold more meetings.
“So far we’re not hearing that there’s anybody that’s stomping at the ground saying no,” he said.
Meanwhile, the town is still waiting to see their own wind turbine become operational on Forbes Lake. The project was completed in March, but town officials are waiting to hear whether they will be approved for a COM-FIT rate (Community Feed In Tariff) as opposed to a net metering rate.
If they are approved for the COM-FIT rate they will pay off the project within two to three years as opposed to about 10 years with the net metering rate.
Funke said he’s hoping that they’ll know and start generating electricity from the site by September.
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