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Council approves wind energy ordinances

Casperites can now turn wind into energy without the prior approval of the Planning and Zoning Commission. Through a simple building permit process, homeowners with land that meets the qualifications are now allowed to install wind turbines in their yards or building-mounted turbines on their houses. The Casper City Council approved unanimously the new ordinances for a final of three necessary votes in a recent meeting. Only Council member Paul Bertoglio expressed dissension for the ordinances in prior meetings, but did not attend this meeting.

Casperites can now turn wind into energy without the prior approval of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Through a simple building permit process, homeowners with land that meets the qualifications are now allowed to install wind turbines in their yards or building-mounted turbines on their houses.

The Casper City Council approved unanimously the new ordinances for a final of three necessary votes in a recent meeting. Only Council member Paul Bertoglio expressed dissension for the ordinances in prior meetings, but did not attend this meeting.

In order to install a wind turbine, the builder must meet multiple criteria, and apply through the city.

Council member Guy Padgett expressed in earlier council meetings the importance of energy independence and his enthusiasm for wind energy in the Casper area.

Some of the requirements for wind turbines are:

* Owners must have a minimum lot size of 20,000 square feet for the free-standing turbine. The building-mounted turbine does not have a minimum lot size.

* The free-standing towers can not be more than 70 feet tall on a lot between 20,000 square feet, or less than half an acre, and one acre. The maximum... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Casperites can now turn wind into energy without the prior approval of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Through a simple building permit process, homeowners with land that meets the qualifications are now allowed to install wind turbines in their yards or building-mounted turbines on their houses.

The Casper City Council approved unanimously the new ordinances for a final of three necessary votes in a recent meeting. Only Council member Paul Bertoglio expressed dissension for the ordinances in prior meetings, but did not attend this meeting.

In order to install a wind turbine, the builder must meet multiple criteria, and apply through the city.

Council member Guy Padgett expressed in earlier council meetings the importance of energy independence and his enthusiasm for wind energy in the Casper area.

Some of the requirements for wind turbines are:

* Owners must have a minimum lot size of 20,000 square feet for the free-standing turbine. The building-mounted turbine does not have a minimum lot size.

* The free-standing towers can not be more than 70 feet tall on a lot between 20,000 square feet, or less than half an acre, and one acre. The maximum height on lots larger than one acre and smaller than five acres is 100 feet and there's no minimum height on lots larger than five acres, except restrictions by the FAA.

* The towers must not be taller than the setback from the property line. Additionally, no part of the turbine can be closer than 10 feet from the property line.

* Neither type of wind energy system can be louder than 60 decibels when measured at the property line.

* No part of the turbine blades can be within 20 feet of the ground or over parking areas, driveways or sidewalks.

* The towers can only be white, off-white, grey or "neutral subdued tones." No towers should be finished in "bright or vivid colors" or be used for advertising.

In order to have your own wind system you must provide the Community Development Department and the city with:

* A completed application. You can find one at the community development office in City Hall.

* Proof that you own the property where you want to build the system.

* A scaled plot plan for where the system will be.

* An engineering analysis of the system showing compliance with all applicable building codes, certified by a licensed engineer.

* Certification that the design is in compliance with the National Electric Code and the local electric code.

After everything is submitted, the Community Development Department will review the application and issue a building permit if all requirements are met.

Contact city reporter Christine Robinson at (307) 266-0639 or christine.robinson@trib.com

To apply:

The Community Development Department has applications for wind turbines in its office in City Hall. For more information you can also call 235-8241.


Source: http://casperstartribune.ne...

FEB 21 2009
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