New Generation Wind announced Thursday a third turbine in its proposed wind farm off Scenic Highway and Route 25 has been removed from the plan.
Turbine 4 was eliminated because Nstar setback requirements would have forced its relocation, placing it closer to residential areas, notably homes at Heather Hill Road, New Generation spokesman Greg O’Brien said.
New Generation last month also eliminated two more turbines – numbers 3 and 6 – near neighborhoods, responding to concerns raised by abutters and the Cape Cod Commission, O’Brien said.
Commission review of the controversial plan continues Wednesday night at 5 at Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School. The project represents the first land-based wind-farm proposal filed in Massachusetts. Seven industrial-grade turbines were originally proposed.
New Generation Turbine 6 had been proposed at the southwestern end of the wind-farm parcel, closer to Route 25 and north of Nightingale Pond Estates/Pilgrim Pines subdivisions.
Turbine 3 had been sited in the northeast corner of the wind-farm tract, along Scenic Highway near Bournedale Road and Glacier Way.
O’Brien said the latest reductions “are not without significant cost to project developers and are done in the spirit of compromise and willingness to work together on a project that will benefit all.”
The wind-farm proposal embraces the need for clean alternative energy, but Cape commission staffers in initial reports to a review committee have questioned whether the project is compatible to the area, once wooded and remote but built up with subdivisions since the 1990s.
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