The Municipality of the County of Inverness has sent a proposal to move a wind turbine site out of Colindale, N.S., after some property owners expressed concerns about the project.
The Chestico Museum & Historical Society were approved to construct two small wind turbines by the Department of Energy in 2015, but local property owners only found out about it at the end of March.
Keep site in its current condition
Some property owners are concerned the turbines will affect the view, will cause their land value to go down, and will create risks to wildlife.
Carol Morris, one of the property owners, said she isn’t against the wind turbines, just the location.
“Their goal is for profit, but I wished that they would respect our wish to keep our area in its current condition,” said Morris.
Other sites may be considered
Coun. Jim Mustard sent the request to meet with the Chestico Museum to try to satisfy everyone involved.
“If there is an opportunity to explore co-locating their wind project in one of the existing sites in the county where there is commercial development already in place,” said Mustard.
Mustard says the other sites they will be looking at are Cheticamp, Creignish Rear, Saint Rose and Cape Mabou.
Move could be more economical
The turbines are both 50 kilowatts and are usually under 50 metres high.
Chestico Museum has not responded to the proposal and declined to be interviewed.
Mustard says moving the turbines could be more economical.
“Co-locating infrastructure that needs you know the power lines … road networks and maintenance long term, so by putting them in one place you kind of think that’s probably a smart thing,” said Mustard.
Mustard says as a result of the wind turbine issue, council will be looking to modify their bylaw concerning wind turbines and possibly making zones for where they can be constructed.
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