The town of Hartland is discussing the possibility of moving into an agreement with United Wind to reduce energy costs with two intermediate turbines.
The turbines would be similar to those in Royalton, however, built on a grid structure without guide wires. They will stand under 150 feet and be placed at the Hartland highway garage on Ridge Road.
The energy produced from the two turbines would power 97 percent of the town’s property but would not include the fire hall, officials said.
The idea for the turbines was brought to the board by board member F. David Snyder, after he did some research and found that working with New York State Energy research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) would help reduce Hartland’s energy costs.
A meeting took place May 14 where the board advertised the idea of the turbines to the public. The board quickly dealt with all misunderstandings the public had about the turbines, stating that the project would not be like the turbine project taking place in Somerset.
“The project is a smaller localized project and has nothing to do with the wind farm going on in Somerset,” Supervisor Ross Annable said.
The board has also looked into additional energy saving avenues such as solar panels, but found that they do not provide as much savings for the town of Hartland as the wind turbines would. Solid numbers of savings have not been drawn up, but will be presented to the public shortly, Annable said.
The town board will hold a workshop session at 9 a.m. June 27 where it will discuss the details of the turbine project and whether members would like to move forward with an agreement with United Wind. A decision must be made by October of this year.
Annable said the decision will take about another three months to make due to the want of resident input on the matter.
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