Backbone Mountain Wind Farm To Get Taller, Fewer Turbines

Including blade length, the new turbines would be up to 548 feet tall instead 387, according to the company's filings.

Published: 24-May-2005

RSTOWN -- Developers of a proposed wind-power project in Western Maryland say they want to build fewer but taller turbines than the 24 they previously proposed atop Backbone Mountain in southern Garrett County.

The change, meant to minimize destruction of wildlife habitat, forced postponement of a hearing that was to have begun today before a state Public Service Commission officer on the plans by Synergics Wind Energy LLC of Annapolis. A new hearing schedule was not set.

Separately, another wind-energy developer, Clipper Windpower Inc., said it will reduce to 40 from 67 the number of windmills to be built at its approved wind farm site in Garrett County north of the Synergics site.

An opponent of the projects said the turbines, at least 394 feet tall, still would spoil the views of Appalachian ridge tops and kill unknown numbers of birds and bats.

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