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Residents can give feedback on wind turbines

Wind turbines could soon be allowed to dot Holland's skyline, but there will be limits. ...Federal Aviation Administration regulations won't allow larger commercial wind turbines because of height limits near Tulip City Airport, Ottawa Executive Airport and Park Township Airport. The restriction is based on a formula that says the closer a turbine is to an airport, the lower to the ground it must be.

Wind turbines could soon be allowed to dot Holland's skyline, but there will be limits.

Holland planners will hear public comment on a proposed wind turbine ordinance at its Tuesday meeting at 6 p.m.

Federal Aviation Administration regulations won't allow larger commercial wind turbines because of height limits near Tulip City Airport, Ottawa Executive Airport and Park Township Airport. The restriction is based on a formula that says the closer a turbine is to an airport, the lower to the ground it must be.

"That takes out a huge chunk of the city for potential locations," senior planner Mark Vanderploeg said.

Smaller, residential-scale turbines would be allowed - no special permits, no trips to the planning commission or zoning board of appeals would be necessary.

The energy generators would not be without regulation. Under the new ordinance, turbines would have to be a certain distance from property lines.

"The height is the big thing," Vanderploeg said. "We don't have a whole lot of guidelines or standards in place for that (now)."

Residential turbines are usually 60 to 100 feet tall, Vanderploeg said. Many are roof-mounted.

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Wind turbines could soon be allowed to dot Holland's skyline, but there will be limits.

Holland planners will hear public comment on a proposed wind turbine ordinance at its Tuesday meeting at 6 p.m.

Federal Aviation Administration regulations won't allow larger commercial wind turbines because of height limits near Tulip City Airport, Ottawa Executive Airport and Park Township Airport. The restriction is based on a formula that says the closer a turbine is to an airport, the lower to the ground it must be.

"That takes out a huge chunk of the city for potential locations," senior planner Mark Vanderploeg said.

Smaller, residential-scale turbines would be allowed - no special permits, no trips to the planning commission or zoning board of appeals would be necessary.

The energy generators would not be without regulation. Under the new ordinance, turbines would have to be a certain distance from property lines.

"The height is the big thing," Vanderploeg said. "We don't have a whole lot of guidelines or standards in place for that (now)."

Residential turbines are usually 60 to 100 feet tall, Vanderploeg said. Many are roof-mounted.

"They don't produce a whole heck of a lot of electricity, but for an average home they can supply 20 to 25 percent of a home's electricity," he said.

At $11,000 to $12,000 installed, the pay back on a wind turbine would take a long time.

"Depending on tax incentives and that sort of thing, we'd hope to do wind energy in the future," Cheryl Bosch said.

Earl's Meats owners Cheryl and Earl Bosch wanted to know if the city would allow a small wind turbine to help produce electricity for their shop. For the moment, the answer is "no," but that could change.

"We're looking into alternative energy because with the meat shop our electric bills are very high," Cheryl Bosch said.

Earl's Meats, 5685 143rd Ave., is one of a handful of inquiries about residential and commercial wind turbines. The board of public works also inquired about its plans for a wind turbine demonstration project for the Civic Center, 150 W. Eighth St.

The BPW at its meeting Monday, Nov. 10, approved contracts for three wind turbines - two at the Civic Center and one on top of its service center building, 625 Hastings Ave.

"We're going to try to get them up yet this winter. Of course, that's weather dependent," Planning and Engineering Manager Mike Radakovitz said.

One turbine would be mounted on top of the Civic Center. Another would be mounted on a 60-foot pole in the northwest parking lot. One would be mounted on the BPW service center. Flat panel displays would round out the $69,000 project and show people how much energy is being produced in real time.


Source: http://www.hollandsentinel....

NOV 10 2008
https://www.windaction.org/posts/17838-residents-can-give-feedback-on-wind-turbines
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