Danbury is polling voters on Wild Meadows wind project
The town vote will be taken into account by the state's Site Evaluation Committee, which in the process of permitting the proposed 75.9-megawatt, 23-turbine project on private land in Danbury and Alexandria.
"Whatever the people decide will be the position of the town of Danbury," said Board of Selectmen Chairman Jim Phelps.
The proposed project calls for building 15 wind towers in Danbury and eight in Alexandria. Company officials say it will produce enough clean energy to power approximately 30,000 average homes each year and 90,000 homes at peak production, with the energy going to the regional power grid.
Residents in neighboring towns voted by substantial margins against the Iberdrola proposal and new wind farm projects in their towns last March. Danbury, which has heard the overtures of Iberdrola and a citizens' group opposing the proposal, New Hampshire Wind Watch, is taking its own poll now.
The town has sent a cover letter and a ballot to every registered voter in Danbury. Voters are asked to indicate their support of or opposition to the project and to return ballots by Jan. 2. The ballots will be counted at the Jan. 8 selectmen's meeting.
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