Let's Make A Wind Turbine Deal
The Massachusetts semi quasi state agencies are the state's economic development agency for renewable energy. The state has a renewable energy goal of 2000 megawatts of renewable energy by the year 2020. Everybody makes mistakes including semi quasi state agencies. The siting of commercial megawatt turbines in Falmouth was a mistake.
Originally a 660 Kilowatt turbine one third the size of the current 1.65 Megawatt was first proposed . The semi quasi state agency owned two 1.65 Megawatt turbines that were being held in a warehouse in Texas for years and had become a political embarrassment.
The Town of Falmouth got offered a deal it couldn't refuse and took it . Today it looks like a Trojan Horse.
Here is my proposal :
A. The semi quasi state agency takes down the turbine and places it in a better location away from residential homes. The agency replaces the wind resources with photovoltaic's, solar, heat pumps, geothermal or the equivalent in renewable energy megawatts at no cost to the town.
B. The semi quasi state agency, the owners of the turbine, provided the resources and studies done to have their turbine sited in Falmouth . The agency is in the process of awarding a 100 million dollar bid on February 15 ,2013 to build the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal for ocean wind turbine projects.
C. The taxpayers of Falmouth pay nothing. The semi quasi agency uses the proceeds from the sale of the turbine to provide the Town of Falmouth with other sources of renewable energy at no cost to the town. In this scenario the neighbors around the wind turbine gets relief, the town gets one or several renewable projects at no costs and the semi quasi agency gets the turbines operating some place else.
The semi quasi agency keeps going forward with its goal of 2000 megawatts of renewable energy by the year 2020. The semi quasi state agency is funded by the renewable energy tax on every residential and commercial electric bill. They have the resources.