Possibility of wind mill farms in Pamlico moves forward

Published: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 09:10 AM.

The board also heard from Neil Jones of Kimley-Horn and Associates of Cary, a design and engineering firm. He said he was a consultant for several companies looking at development in Pamlico. At a meeting last August, he said he came “as a developer” for a wind energy company that is no longer in business.

He told the commissioners that the current ordinance was too stringent in several areas, including 1,250 minimum setbacks for 500-foot towers, which he termed “excessively restrictive.”

He also said that the county’s penalty bond of 150 percent of the cost of removal should the windmills be abandoned was excessive. He said there was value in abandoned ones being sold for parts and materials.

In earlier comments, Holton used a PowerPoint presentation that showed that the setbacks on a square tract would require 143 acres for one wind turbine.

Delamar, who has championed the wind industry as an economic boost for the county, said that the restrictions would likely not allow nearly as many in the county as many people thought.

He challenged the board “to find 150 properties out of 17,000 in the county” that could pass the setback rules.

Delamar repeated earlier statements about balancing the rights of those who want to lease their land to wind companies and their neighbors.

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