Peru hearing on wind project postponed until April


PERU -- An upcoming hearing on a proposed wind energy project has been postponed.

The meeting, which was supposed to be held March 26, has been rescheduled for April 23.

"We’re just not in a position to open the meeting," said Samuel Haupt, a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals. "It’s mutual [between the developer Lightship Energy and the board]."

Lightship, according to Haupt, is working to modify its proposal, which seeks to erect five, 500-foot turbines between Haskell and Garnet hills off Curtin Road.

In doing so, the company seeks to "mitigate concerns of various parties [in Peru]," according to Haupt.

Meanwhile, Harris Miller Miller & Hanson Inc., noise specialists out of Burlington hired by the town to analyze Lightship’s proposal, have begun their work, Haupt said.

Concerned residents believe the large turbines might cause ill health effects for some living near the structures. Approximately 70 homes are located within a mile radius of the site.

The turbines would generate around 15 megawatts of energy and annual tax revenue of $150,000 for Peru, according to Lightship.

The April hearing will be the first of a series of meetings meant to address the proposal and inform residents of Lightship’s intent. It is tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Peru Volunteer Fire Rescue Building at 11 East Main Road.

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