Cash-strapped towns embrace wind projects
The money from Noble will make a huge difference for Clinton.
"We're almost positive we can do away with the town tax," Lagree said. "We'll still have the school tax and county tax."
Lagree said inflationary increases are built into the payments. The town is now looking at various improvements it has not had a chance to make.
July 15, 2007
by Gordon Dritschilo
in The Rutland Herald
CLINTON, N.Y. - Tammie Trombley had never heard of wind turbines before Noble Environmental Power wanted to put them on her family's 1,205-acre farm.
Standing outside her home one June afternoon, taking a break from unloading tractors full of hay bales, Trombley, 37, pointed to where Noble would erect five massive 1.5-megawatt generators. The company is assembling 67 towers in Trombley's town of Clinton and another 54 towers in neighboring Ellenburg.
By and large, both upstate New York communities seem to be welcoming Noble.
Clinton and Ellenburg are cash-strapped communities dependent on dairy farming and jobs in towns miles away. Wind turbines mean... [continue via Web link]