At the July town board meetings in Somerset and Yates, community members received an update on the Lighthouse Wind project and were able to ask questions of the new Lighthouse Wind project manager, Paul Williamson, and Neil Habig, Senior Director of Project Development for Apex. We learned that the configuration of the Lighthouse Wind project will be released to the public in approximately two months and that a formal application will be submitted by the end of this year.
Three types of turbines were mentioned as possibilities for this project: Vestas 150, Nordex 131, and GE 3.6, with the Vestas noted as the most likely to be used. This model uses a blade which is 242 feet in length. Apex is now considering around 47 turbines with a tip height of 587 feet for this project.
Apex refuses to acknowledge that the majority of the towns’ residents are opposed to this project. They describe concerns with the project as only “expressed by some” with differing opinions, and that their opposition doesn’t “reconcile with the realities of what has and continues to be experienced in communities living with operating wind farms.”
Mr. Williamson was quoted shortly after these meetings, saying, “We did learn that most of the concerns raised about the project were based on misinformation and we believe the communities will have a positive attitude when considering factual information about the project.”
After three and a half years of research and after talking to experts and to many people living near wind projects, we have come to a very different conclusion. Many of us are appalled at the arrogant and dismissive attitude of these Apex representatives toward local concerns and issues. SOS’s attorney, Gary Abraham, spoke at Niagara Shores Campground and Conference Center on July 25, and stated that noise levels from the turbines could rise over 20 decibels above current sound levels and that could be intolerable for some residents.
So, what can you do to help? If this project goes to application we will need significant resources to put on a good fight. Come to our fundraiser on Sunday, Aug. 12, at the White Birch in Lyndonville! Attached you will find a flyer with all the details or see below. If you can’t attend the event, please consider donating a basket for our basket raffle or make a monetary donation to SOS. We hope to see you soon and, as always, thank you for your support!