The Town of Solon is considering the adoption of a temporary ban on wind turbines, the ban comes as a commercial wind developer is looking to locate multiple turbines in the town.
The Solon Town Board has asked the County Planning Board to weigh in the proposed ban, the moratorium would run until the end of January.
The temporary ban is intended to give the Town time to adopt regulations governing the development of wind towers.
Currently Wind Developer T-C-I Renewables is looking to put up 48, 500 foot tall turbines in the Towns of Homer, Cortlandville, Truxton, and Solon.
The four impacted towns have been working to develop regulations for the turbines, including set back rules that spell out how close the towers are allowed to be to homes and property lines. The Town of Cortlandville has adopted regulations requiring the towers be 3 thousand feet from structures or property lines.
The law also includes requirements to protect land values of property owners that are not participating in a wind energy project as well pay for any health related costs the landowner incurs as a result of the wind turbine. There is also a provision requiring the wind developer to pay for the landowners housing costs if they can’t stay in their home due to impacts from the turbines, the company would be required to purchase the effected landowners property.
The new law also restricts noise levels from wind towers.
Representatives with T-C-I have said they are disappointed in Cortlandville’s regulations and have said if the town’s rules prove to be too restrictive they will pursue a state process that allows the towers to be located without input from local regulators.
The Solon Town Board is expected to vote on the proposed moratorium in August.