County mulls $20M wind farm
The 3-megawatt turbines are already used abroad and North American customers are interested in buying them because they will make it feasible to build wind farms in less-windy places where smaller, 1.5 MW turbines will not work as well, she said.
The larger rotor diameters mean less wind is necessary to turn the blades, Hazen said.
September 22, 2010
by Gregory R. Norfleet
in West Branch Times
Acciona Windpower put together a $20 million, 6-megawatt, two-turbine project, and Cedar County officials last week began deliberating if it should go up in Mechanicsville or outside the county.
Raising questions about adverse health effects, the county's Planning and Zoning commission last Wednesday delayed a vote to take 30 days to review an 80-page special use permit application and five industry, independent and government reports about health effects. The reports all generally conclude that there are no direct negative health effects from sound, "shadow flicker," "blade glint" or electromagnetic radiation if the turbines are erected a certain distance from homes.... [continue via Web link]