— Due to changes at Google this map is no longer available. —
Is Pioneer Green Energy trying to build a wind turbine near your home? Up until now, it’s been very difficult to get a direct answer to this question. We have asked our township supervisors and zoning administrator many times for this information and their response every time has been they don’t know or they haven’t seen a map or don’t know of any map. Well, in order to help out residents with questions, and, evidently, to help out our local officials who seem to be in the dark, we have an interactive map that shows every turbine presently planned in our area.
Every red flag you see on the map above is a 500 foot tall wind turbine. Wind developers are required to file a proposal with the FAA for every structure more than 200 feet tall that they are planning to build with exact location and height. Every turbine in our area, shown by these flags, was specified to the FAA as 499 feet tall.
Each turbine is also given a description which reads:
a 150.095 meter turbine as part of a 67 turbine wind project
That sounds like a few more than the 10 or 15 Pioneer has repeatedly said, but it does agree with the 67 locations shown on this map.
It’s hard to understand why local officials and wind developers are so reluctant to share this information. If they truly believe wind turbines are beneficial to a community, you would think they would be proud to show local residents where they intend to build. Of course, if they don’t really believe that, then they would be more likely to keep the information out of the public eye as long as possible, but if we are going to have an intelligent and informed discussion, then this information must be available for everyone to see.