Antrim wind project: Developer offers to eliminate 1 turbine
Antrim Wind also pointed to the town’s recent acceptance of $40,000 to address visual impacts to Gregg Lake.
Block said placing the 100 acres under a town-governed easement would do little to protect the site.
“For them to remove one turbine from the end does not change the other nine,” Block said. “The town of Antrim is small. The valleys here are small. The hills are small and they were proposing to put the largest wind turbines in the state here in Antrim.”
The 105 acres bridge a gap between several other open space parcels, owned by Michael J.H. Ott, Antrim Limited Partnership, Steve R. Cotran, Paul J. Whittemore and Whittemore Trust.
Altogether, there would be 908 acres of conserved land across Tuttle Hill and Willard Mountain, Webber said.
“The entire wind project facility would be under conservation easements,” Webber said.
Over 20 years, the proposed agreement for a 30-mega-watt facility would generate about $8 million for the town, he said.
Last month, the PILOT or payment in lieu of taxes agreement between the town and Antrim Wind LLC was voided by a Hillsborough Superior Court judge, who ruled the agreement had been created during illegal non-public meetings between the town and Antrim Wind.
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