Sharon Henderson, president of Northumberland Wind Farms, said the turbines to be installed on Fitzpatrick Mountain will be at least a half-kilometre away from Ward and Mae Brubacher’s home and will not be heard or seen by him unless he is standing on her property.
“These are little machines, not big utility-size like those on Dalhousie Mountain,” she said, adding the turbines will be placed on property owned by Nova Farm Blueberries. “They are quiet machines. He is not going to see them above the trees on the property never mind hear them.”
Henderson said each wind tower stands 42 metres tall and the property between the blueberry farm and Brubacher’s forest is separated by forest.
She said they are 50 KW engines similar to the three in Riverton, but there are differences as well. Currently, three of the turbines in Riverton are shut down for maintenance and the other three are running on endurance machines.
“We are not putting either one of those makes on Fitzpatrick Mountain,” she said. “Our new technology is quiet. Those were put up a few years ago in Riverton. So these are quieter and newer. If he doesn’t go on my blueberry property or my land, he won’t see them.”
Henderson said Northumberland Wind Farms, which is owned by Pictou County and Nova Scotia residents who want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, held a public meeting on the Fitzpatrick Mountain towers in April.
She said hundreds of pamphlets were sent to homeowners, including residents of Fitzpatrick Mountain, and Brubacher did not attend to discuss his concerns.
Nova Wind Farms has both development and building permits from the Municipality of Pictou County and the project meets all of the bylaw requirements, she said.
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