Short-lived Massachusetts renewable energy project crashes to the ground.
While European nations are scrambling to add wind turbines and other renewable energy to their electric grids, we come across a surprising story of two wind turbines, that were just demolished in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Turbines named “Wind 1” and “Wind 2” were installed at the Falmouth Waste Water Plant, using loans that totaled $11.5 million dollars.
Operation of the two wind turbines, which began in 2010 and 2013, soon brought complaints and lawsuits from neighbors who wanted them removed, due to their “anxiety, headaches, problems sleeping, and excessive noise.”
Barry Funfar and his wife sought help from town officials and the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) agreed that the turbines were a nuisance. The town then sued the ZBA and the Funfars. The town lost when a Barnstable Superior Court judge ordered the turbines to cease operations in 2017. At a cost of $39,000-plus for demolition of the pair, the second wind turbine came crashing down October 5, 2022.
Voters had approved $2.5 million at a 2020 town meeting to dismantle the turbines…
The town initially wanted to have the turbines moved and operated elsewhere, though that idea never got off the ground. Falmouth also faced pushback from the state which denied its request to dismantle the turbines saying they were an “energy-efficient project.” “Obviously it was by far the town’s largest renewable energy project, but with that said there are many opportunities that we can now explore for other renewable energy projects,” said Peter Johnson-Staub, acting town manager. He mentioned a focus on solar and energy-efficiency projects.