How Did Falmouth Get The Loud Wind Tu...

How Did Falmouth Get The Loud Wind Turbine ?

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Bill Carson

Mattapoisett, MA

#1 May 25, 2012
The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative,MTC , was the state's economic development agency for renewable energy .It is now called the The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC).

The Town of Falmouth and its residents need to take a hard look at how they got the loud commercial wind turbine. A semi-quasi state agency, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, had been stuck with two 1.65 MW commercial wind turbines in a warehouse in Texas since 2004 at $3500.00 per month rent. The cost of the turbines around 5 million and the rental fees were proving to be a political embarrassment for the renewable energy progress in Massachusetts.

The semi-quasi state agency had put the wind turbines on the auction block and was providing the funding and resources for wind studies which included noise studies to install the commercial wind turbines that they were "stuck" with.

The state should pay to move the turbines !
Sally Reynolds

Mattapoisett, MA

#2 May 25, 2012
November 2005

A feasability study was done for the Town of Falmouth in November 2005. It was well documented in section 6 of the report on page 38 about the visual and noise impact.

In 2005 it was documented by the Massachusetts semi quasi state agency that there were two types of wind noise A. Regulatory compliance: Massachusetts State regulations and B. Human annoyance: Aside from Massachusetts consideration. Residences must also be taken into consideration. The homes affected by the noise are in the 2005 noise study as well as others.

6.1 Visual and Noise Impact
The potential visual and noise impacts of the proposed wind turbine are best considered in the context of where existing dwellings are located in relation to the turbine site. A total of 99 residential properties are located within a half-mile radius of the turbine site. All of these properties lie to the west and south of the site.(See Attachment A for a map of the site).

There are 68 properties located to the west of the turbine site. All 68 properties are located on the west side of Route 28 (Rte. 28). Rte. 28 therefore serves as a barrier between these 68 dwellings and the turbine site. Approximately one third of the 68 dwellings are within 500 feet of Rte. 28, and all are within a quarter mile of Rte. 28. The closest dwellings are approximately 1700 feet due west of the proposed turbine site. Sixty-one of the 68 properties are located on one of the following residential streets: Ridgeview Drive; Ambleside Drive; Westmoreland Drive; and Brantwood Road. Seven properties are located to the east of West Falmouth Highway.

There are 31 properties to the south of the turbine site. A vast majority of these dwellings are located off of Blacksmith Shop Road, primarily on the south side of the road. A few dwellings are located off of Durham Road and Durfee Drive. The closest dwelling to the south of the proposed turbine site is approximately 1350 feet due south.

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