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UPDATE: NK Turbine Set For September Completion

A 413-foot tall wind turbine is scheduled for completion this September.

North Kingstown’s most controversial 413-foot structure is set to grace the South County skyline this fall. Construction on a wind turbine at .

The 413-foot, Goldwind turbine will be the first of six turbines lined up for installation by developer Wind Energy Development LLC, based in North Kingstown. Currently, DePasquale and his company are developing two in Coventry, two more in Westerly and another in North Smithfield – all on town property. According to DePasquale, Coventry alone could save upwards of $17 million in energy savings over the next 20 years, with 9 million kilowatt hours use per year from the turbines.

The . North Kingstown Planning Commission approved the project in fall 2010. Around the same time, the North Kingstown Town Council passed a . That ordinance has since been while a has been instituted until statewide planning offers its guidelines on wind energy systems. (The North Kingstown Green application was approved under the previous ordinance and before the moratorium and is not subject to the ban.)

Since September 2010, the turbine (and its sister project, ) has been the subject of sizable public outcry due to its size, safety concerns and location in residential area.

The turbine – which was originally slated to be 427 feet tall – is identical to the trio of 365-feet tall turbines in Providence – operated by the Narragansett Bay Commission – said DePasquale. (The Providence turbines were modified to be shorter in order to align with FAA regulations, said DePasquale. All four turbines are all manufactured by Goldwind.)

An earlier version posted the incorrect height of the turbine and incorrect savings for Coventry.

Paul Marshall June 14, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Power generating wind turbines are "Economic Trojan Horses". First developed as "Archimeded Water Screws" they worked marvelously for the purpose of raising water from deep wells in Asia Minor and the Mediterranean. But, like trying to get milk from a horse, they aren't versatile enough to economically generate a profit over a long period of time. Science magazine wrote a definitive series of articles as did the Wall Stereet Journal over the past several years. There are genuine and serious helath and property value issues associated with this darling "idear" of the tree huggers. The false logic is: "The wind is free, so the energy we get will be cheap, AND clean"...survey says: EERRRGGGHHHHTTTT!! Since we can't control the weather (like we can control a shipment of natural gas) we need BACKUP SYSTEMS. Or, we suffer the 'dark' consequences. So now, we're paying for the same amount of electricity generating capability TWICE. This is neither green nor economical. Hence it's a "Economic Trojan Horse", you let it into your world thinking it's one thing, and SURPRIZE..it's something disasterous. Archimedes had it right the first time. Tree huggers...NOT so much.
Robin Wilson June 14, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Ralph Crockford June 14, 2012 at 04:01 PM
The town council will have this idiotic decision come back to haunt them, I ca see the builder facing economic Waterloo in a few years and NK stuck with this albertross for years to come. I guess the complaints concerning noise should start around Thanksgiving or sooner!
NKGOP Watch June 14, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Ralph it was not idiotic. I'm sure they made just the right decision "for themselves"
Scott Madison June 14, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Absolutely ridiculous.....and albatross with a greedy developer and an out of touch Town Council whose flip-flopping let this thing happen. 400+ feet....unreal
Noreswindnk June 14, 2012 at 08:44 PM
There's oh so much blame to go around on this mess. The developer who paid his neighbors, the neighbors who signed their rights away, the PC/TC who didn't do enough due diligence, the state who still has not formed their own guidelines on these "THINGS", the federal gov't who pay these creeps subsidies and force us all to pay higher electric rates. The list goes on and on. We have enough research and data to choke a horse. We have documented problems nearby too. Falmouth has a turbine shut down due to complaints (it's further from people than ours) and Fairhaven already has multiple complaints though theirs have only been up a few weeks (also further that ours). Suffice it to say, this will cause residential discomfort as well. Watch. Sleep well under those 20 ton blades Mr. Developer. Sleep well.
jeff June 15, 2012 at 12:55 AM
The Planning Commission did not approve this turbine. For reasons I cannot understand, Patch consistently misreports this point. The NK Green turbine was approved by the Zoning Board under the old ordinance. Once approved by Zoning, the project came to the Planning Commission only for Development Plan Review, a very limited review related primarily to potntial groundwater impacts.
4ResponsibleSitings June 15, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Documented Falmouth residents complaining lived between 1220-2960’. Closest NK house will be 485’. If NK experiences the same issues as Falmouth, this will affect residents from Old Baptist to Lafayette Mill. Now Falmouth is contemplating moving the turbines. These turbines need to be properly sited and not in populated areas.
dick pastore June 15, 2012 at 01:27 PM
jeff thanks for the correction dick
Ralph Crockford June 15, 2012 at 08:45 PM
I attended a number of Planning Board meetings and if the people had not spoken up we would have Stamp Farm to contend with also. There is enough blame to go around, but Zoning or Planning what's the difference it's still a fiasco! We will all have to deal with down the road!
Write On June 15, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Great to see the PC wanting to distance themselves of this debacle. They forget who drafted both ordinances which allowed a 40 story industrial turbine in residential neighborhoods in the first place. Time for the TC to stop this for not meeting SUP stipulations before it's too late.
dick pastore June 17, 2012 at 11:48 PM
the wind ordinance which the PC drafted didn t allow anything by right- the ordinance allowed proposing a turbine anywhere in town (except wickford village). if you read the ordinance you would realize that any proposal had to pass muster and the ordinance provided for a great deal of lattitude during consideration by the PC. that s not to say that there was a predispostion to denying wind turbine proposals as the entire effort was pro alternative energy. stamp farm may have failed due to impacts on property values and potential annoyance issues such as low frequency noise. flicker would not have been an issue because any decision would have specified that the intellegent turbine programs stop the turbine during critical flicker periods. however due to local hysteria the PC never got to weigh the technical aspects of the proposals. the basic problem is that the public didn t trust the PC to assess the proposals and ultimately the TC decided to withdraw the entire concept. which is perfectly fine as they should reflect what the community wants, however we spent over 25 meeting addressing the wind turbine ordinance development and i can t remember more three people attending any of them. you don t want wind turbines - fine, you don t have to allow them, but please don t theorize all these conspiricy theories that this was done without public input or that it was done to facilitate depasquale s project because it wasn t.
NKGOP Watch June 18, 2012 at 06:29 AM
dick PASTore re-emerges. still scary.
Govstench June 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM
I can't believe there are still that many suckers out there thinking these contraptions will actually pay for themselves. They won't. Portsmouth's windturbine has turned into an economic nightmare with a blown transmission which will cost over $400,000 to replace. They just dumped close to $50,000 for new batteries. Now they are on the verge of defaulting on their bonds due to loss revenue. The only people who are making money on these things are the developers! They walk away leaving a headache for the ratepayers.......wake up already, it's yesterday's technology.
Greenwashed October 21, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Jeff - the Town Planner pushed for the legislation taht allowed teh ZOning Board to approve it - so your argument is one of semantics - the Planner/Planning Board had everything to do with it; they enabled this to be approved - no vision or foresight.
Rick Lavigne October 22, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Hard to believe the surrounding propery owners could't stop this massive turbine. I live in Exeter and just came across the monstrosity today. While green energy is certianly worth pursuing, sticking that giant pinwheel in the midst of a residential area is just plain wrong headed


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