Now is the time to uphold the guidelines that are written to govern development in Howard County. The ordinance for Large Wind Energy must be amended to include a minimum setback of 4,921 feet from the nearest nonparticipating property line.
Uninformed citizens who think industrial wind turbines are “windmills” and equivalent of small, individually owned turbines that benefit only the landowner where they are located are missing the point. Medium wind towers may not exceed 199 feet. The industrial towers in Wildcat Phase I are 475-feet tall.
These are not your grandpa’s windmills. If a small turbine has no effect on nearby property landowners, there is no problem. That’s not the case with huge wind turbines.
Before you fall for the argument, “It’s nobody else’s business what I choose to do on my own land,” get the facts. You could begin at easternhowardwind.com.