A look at wind farm proposals in Posey County

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POSEY COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – A chance to sound off. That’s what a meeting tonight provides Posey County residents interested in wind turbines.

The idea has been pitched for about a year now – with RWE – formerly Eon, offering to pay people to allow the company access to their land to put up windmills.

But many neighbors are concerned so, the Posey County Area Plan Commission has compiled a list of regulations proposed for any wind or solar farm and tonight they are taking public comment on those regulations.

Here’s a look at some of the more impactful proposals.

Shadow flicker: The intermittent shadow thrown on a home or building as the sun hits a wind turbine has been described as a nuisance and even blamed for causing headaches.

The Posey County Area Plan Commission’s proposed regulations state any turbine shadow flicker may not exceed 30 hours per year or 30 minutes in a single day.

Also addressed is the height of the blades from the ground – an obvious concern for safety.

The minimum distance from the ground to the lowest point of the blades must be at least 50 feet and even higher if over-sized vehicles pass through that area.

An often-voiced concern has been how close wind turbines can be built to neighbor’s homes.

The commission proposes any wind tower must be a distance of two and a half times the height of the turbine from another property line, one and a half times the height from any structure, and one mile from a city line.

The proposed regulations also address the proximity of solar farms to neighbors as well, stating solar panels must be at least 1,000 feet from a property line. It adds the panels cannot be more than 25 feet tall.

The public comment meeting runs from 6 to 9 tonight at the Posey County Community Center in New Harmony.

Eyewitness News will have a crew at that meeting and bring you the latest at 9PM and 10PM.

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This story was originally published on November 20, 2019)

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