Sinton wind turbine dispute charts new territory
"The issue of renewable energy development has been polarized in recent months across the country," said Russel Smith, director of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association. "Anybody paying attention who is politically oriented and motivated will be aware of that. As a result, in many local communities, the effort to put some restrictions is the first thing that happens" when a wind project is proposed.
February 25, 2012
by Mark Collette
in Corpus Christi Caller Times
CORPUS CHRISTI - The conflict in Sinton over a proposal to install two wind turbines on the Sinton High School campus may be a first for Texas, and it illustrates the legal and political hurdles that a rapidly growing sector of the wind industry must overcome.
Sinton school trustees want to install two 155-foot turbines, about the height of the town water tower, for energy savings and education, but they encountered opposition at City Hall.
Whether city ordinances apply to a school district's wind turbine project may not have been clearly established by court cases.
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