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The most powerful wind turbines ever seen in the state could soon be built in southwest Minnesota. The state needs to approve the proposed wind farm. The industry is ramping up turbine size in the name of efficiency, but the skyscraper-sized machines are also attracting more public opposition.
A judge on Monday ruled in favor of the Clark County Commissioners’ decision to keep wind towers a minimum of 3,960 feet from residences. The decision could affect the outcome of the Crocker Wind Farm planned by Geronimo Energy of Minneapolis.
David Janes of rural Toronto, South Dakota, said he and his late wife had built a retirement home on their South Dakota farm site 17 years ago. ...“But when the turbines are running, I can’t hear the birds. All I hear is swoosh, swoosh swoosh, like a jet plane engine.”
Every night, I can sit in my lazy boy and see the red lights flicker. When I put up hay almost next to the towers, I can hear them, see their obnoxious 500-plus feet steel structures ruin the skyline, and experience the shadow flicker when the sun is coming up or going down. ...Do your homework. They will ruin your quality of life.
“Our organization has some serious concerns about what it would do to our community, what it does to our environment, what it does to our lifestyle, and our rural heritage...we don't believe that wind farms belong where there is a healthy growing community,” said Winnie Peterson, the president of WE-CARE (Wind Energy Concerns About Rural Environment) South Dakota.
An application for occupancy of right of way in Custer County for transmission lines for a proposed wind farm has been put on hold while the project looks to work further with neighbors to limit inconveniences to them. ...neighbors in the area of the project complained at a previous meeting of the commission, saying they didn't approve of all the construction, noise and view obstructions that would be a result of the project.
Certainly no one in South Dakota should be against wind power development, but the city and county also can't ignore concerns and questions raised by individuals who will live close to the modern-day version of the windmill. One or two turbines might not be an issue but what happens in months and years to come if more and more requests are made to allow individual wind turbines in residential areas?
"South Dakotans are generally protective of their assets and we just encourage landowners to keep that protection top-of-mind when they may be considering an easement for a wind energy facility on their property," PUC Chairman Dusty Johnson said.