A group of residents in Herkimer County have sued the owners and developers of an industrial wind farm there, they claim the turbines are bigger and noisier than developers promised and that they are causing health problems and hurting property values.
The group is suing Spanish Utility Company Ibderola, the parent company of National Grid.
Ibderola’s Hardscrabble Wind Power Project, built two years ago consists of 37 windmills, which stand 476 high. According to the lawsuit, noise from the machines has been measured above 72 decibels, higher than allowed by local law. The wind farm has been compared to a similar project targeted for Cortland County.
Developer T-C-I Renewables is looking to put up nearly 50 500 foot tall turbines in the Towns of Cortlandville, Homer, Solon, and Truxton. T-C-I recently filed a lawsuit against Cortland County due to delays in the environmental review process that suit goes before a judge next month.