Public Hearings Today & Wednesday For Proposed Wind Farm in Cortland County
Tonight, the first of three public hearings will be held in connection with an international wind energy developer’s plan to install industrial turbines in the Cortland County Towns of Cortlandville, Homer, Solon, and Truxton.
At seven o’clock tonight County officials and representatives of T-C-I Renewables, the company proposing the Crown City Wind Project will hold the 1st public hearing at the Solon Sportsmen Club.
T-C-I is looking to erect 44, 500 foot tall wind turbines, Solon would see the greatest concentration of turbines, with 17 towers proposed in that community. Homer and Cortlandville would host 8 each, and Truxton is under consideration for 11 turbines.
T-C-I says the $200 million project could create as many as 300 direct and indirect jobs and will pump between $17 and $21 million dollars into the community, in addition to generating as much as 72 megawatts of power; enough electricity to power 30 thousand homes.
Opponents of the project say the potential impacts including noise, shadow flicker, and other issues are not worth the purported investment. Others have criticized the enormous tax payer subsidy that would accompany the project.
County lawmakers have spent several months reviewing the draft environmental impact reports associated with the project, they have voted at least three times to reject the reports saying they were inadequate. Earlier this spring the legislature voted to release the reports to the public for review and comment, tonight’s hearing which is the 1st of 3 such hearings will allow interested members of the community to register their comments on the report.
Comments and concerns and other input will be used prepare the final environmental impact study.
Even though the County is handling the environmental review for the project, the four impacted towns must still approve the towers before they can be put up. The four towns are currently working to establish regulations for wind turbines, including setback and other requirements.
Tonight’s hearing begins at 7 o’clock, another hearing will be held at the County Office building Wednesday at 2 o’clock, the third hearing will be held in Truxton at 7 o’clock Wednesday evening.