Pioneer Green Energy’s plans to begin building wind turbines in Alabama has run into some legal trouble. A group of 32 property owners near Shinbone Ridge in Alabama have filed suit against Pioneer Green Energy and Noccalula Wind LLC over the industrial wind project planned on Lookout Mountain.
The property owners near Shinbone Ridge claim the project will destroy the scenic beauty and diminish property values in the area, according to the suit. They say it will destroy the way of life that drew them to the area long before Noccalula Wind LLC and Texas-based Pioneer Green Energy decided to place dozens of wind turbines in Etowah County.
Pioneer Green Energy is the same wind developer trying to build wind turbines in North East, PA. The project in North East has been described differently over time, beginning with an estimate of 50 to 75 wind turbines and more recently described as 10 to 20 turbines, though no definite plan has been presented to the public by either the company or township officials so residents can’t be sure what the company really intends to do.
Pioneer recently pulled the plug on a project in California where they had planned to build as many as 400 turbines in the Dunnigan Hills wind farm project. Besides the new lawsuit in Alabama, they also face opposition in North East for a variety of reasons, among them, public safety due to setbacks the company is demanding which residents in North East say are too close to neighboring property and diminished property values that will result from the wind project.
Wind energy is in a prolonged slump with major cutbacks in countries around the world and absolutely no installations during the 2nd quarter of 2013 anywhere in the US. Pioneer Green Energy is trying to get a project started before the end of this year when tax credits are due to expire, but may be facing an uphill battle as local resistance to their projects continues to grow.