2010-06-01: Savoy Wind Farm Approval Marks Success of Tech's 29th Wind Energy Project

The Savoy (MA) Zoning Board of Appeals approved the special permit for Minuteman Wind LLC's five-turbine, 12.5-megawatt project at its meeting on May 21. The project received its Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) approval earlier in the month.

Peter Guldberg of Tech provided an independent noise, shadow flicker and visual impact review of the wind energy project for the Savoy Zoning Board and Minuteman Wind. Mr. Guldberg provided expert analysis and testimony that proved to be key in the project's MEPA and Zoning Board approvals. Mr. Guldberg's review of the project's original sound study uncovered some deficiencies, but once these were corrected, he was able to demonstrate that the iwc replica watches ­Minuteman Savoy project will fully comply with the MassDEP Noise Policy and produce relatively low levels at nearby residences.

Tech Environmental also studied Minuteman's report on "shadow flicker" -- the effect of the wind turbine blades passing in front of the sun. Guldberg said the flicker effect would, indeed, be minimal to the surrounding houses, as is stated in Minuteman's report. Given the distance from the turbines to the nearest houses, Mr. Guldberg said shadow flicker will only occur around sunrise and sunset, and he used international guidelines to place the potential impacts in context.


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