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February 25, 2020 - 8:32pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in windmills, Alabama, news, notify.
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Town of Alabama officials decided Monday night to table a proposed change to the noise ordinance regarding windmills and instead refer the matter to the town planning board to take up during the development of a new comprehensive plan.

Supervisor Robert Crossen said given the impossibility of establishing a baseline for ambient noise for existing windmills, it's not possible to come up with an adequate ordinance for how loud a windmill can be.

He suggested the zoning code might need to be amended for siting windmills.

"To me, distance solves sound," Crossen said. "So when the planning board revises the law -- currently we are allowing it one and a half times the height of the property line, and that may be too close."

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March 5, 2012 - 5:36pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, energy, photos, Partridge Farm, windmills.

A third windmill went up on the Partridge Farm on Ellicott Street Road, Batavia, today.

Don and Pat Partridge, who acquired the farm from the White family in 1980, installed their first two windmills four years ago.

Those power plants have supplied about 50 percent of the farm's electricity and with the new windmill, Don hopes to reach 100 percent, or close to it.

"The new windmill is about 30 percent more productive," Partridge said.

The list price on the windmill is close to $75,000, but Partridge received a state grant and won a competitive USDA grant.

He expects to break even on his investment within 12 years (as he will with the first two windmills).

The windmills have an expected useful life of 25 years.

"It's the last half of their life where I'll enjoy them the most," Partridge said.

Partridge, who now works at Cummings & Bricker on Lehigh Street, quit full-time farming in 1999 for "a paying job," but he still raises some corn and hay and has a few head of cattle. The rest of the acreage is run by another dairy farmer.

"We're in a very wind-productive area," Partridge said. "It's Class C wind, which is productive wind. I think we have more wind power than solar."

With all that wind, Partridge said he doesn't understand the resistance to wind power.

"We would like to see more people get involved in solar and wind," Partridge said. "I just don’t understand all of the resistance to the big ones. I wish I had some big-wind ones up here. If the town put four big ones up here, the town residents could get credit for their electric bills. I would think that would be worth doing."

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