North East has the same issues with population density, forcing the turbines here to be installed in locations much too close to houses, property and people, closer than even the manufacturers of wind turbines say is a safe distance according to their own manuals.
Safe or convenient?
Pioneer Green Energy stated in a handout available at a recent supervisors meeting, “Modern wind turbines need be no more than 1000 feet from occupied dwellings,” though they failed to back up that statement with any data or documentation of any kind. Is there some data that shows that to be true? The number seems to come up frequently when wind developers are selling their projects, but no one can figure out what it’s based on.
If you can’t do it safe, don’t do it at all
At the last planning meeting, the representative of the wind developer said requiring a setback of more than 1000 feet would mean we were trying to “zone them out.” We believe that if the developer is not willing or able to abide by manufacturer safety recommendations, then they are effectively zoning themselves out.
These kinds of safety issues come to the forefront when trying to shoehorn wind turbines into areas too populated to install them at a proper distance. One county in Indiana finally put their foot down and said no. The supervisors here may wish to consider that decision when making up their own minds. North East Township is not the place for a project like this. Be safe, be smart, say no.