The Wind Farm issue for Town Meeting
At the March 8th
Town Meeting Harpswell voters will be asked to contribute $10,000 toward the
cost of a wind study to see if it would be feasible to put 3-4 turbines on Long
Reach Mountain. Long Reach Mountain is owned by the town and is the site of the
popular Cliff Trail. Town meeting begins at Noon.
proponent has described the conservation benefits of renewable energy that the
turbines would produce and potential income to the town based on leasing the
site to a wind energy developer and taxing the value of the turbines. However,
most residents are unaware of the significant negative impacts that would occur
if the turbines were built.
documents describe impacts of wind turbine development, including:
Significant noise and light pollution up to 3,000 ft. or more from the 400
impacts on property values.
environmental impacts, including building a road as wide as Rte. 123 along
the narrow ridge of the Mountain and disruption of important wildlife
Conceptual Plan of Proposed Wind Turbine Development
on Harpswell’s Long Reach Mountain
Harpswell Wind Turbine Alert
The need for the
study has also been questioned by those who are inclined towards wind turbine
development. It may be feasible for the town to put wind study instruments on
the planned communications tower rather than erecting a separate wind study
tower. Also, in most cases the developer, not the landowner, pays the full cost
of a wind study.
We hope you will
carefully consider the information in the attached documents.
If you are concerned about the impacts
of this development, please come to the town meeting and vote.
information you may want to view the following videos:
The Little Bay
Wind Farm...How Close is too Close?
Reviews noise and
setback issues for a proposed community wind project in Massachusetts.
town forced to live with wind turbine issues
("Voices of Tug
(Note: scroll down to this video and be patient, there is no voice audio for the
first couple of minutes).
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Tulle Frazer and
271 Harpswell Neck Road