FPL Energy has revised its application to build a 30 MW wind farm in Addison, Wisconsin, this time with changes aimed to appease locals. Stumbling blocks have hindered project progress, most recently one put up by the Federal Aviation Administration (Windpower Monthly, February 2000). FPL has now relocated five turbines to appease the FAA, reports FPL's Gail Trinka. Public opposition has been the biggest obstacle, however, with concerns of aesthetics and noise (Windpower Monthly, November 1999). To remedy this, FPL has altered the project design so all turbines will be at least 900 metres from any residence. FPL is also proposing to pay at least $2 million in lieu of property taxes for 25 years. Wind plant are exempt from property tax in Wisconsin, so FPL hopes the money will make up tax income the community would have earned for another type of development. Reports that the wind developer also plans to pay farmers a good leasing price for plots of their farmland to locate the wind turbines has also begun to turn the tide of opposition to the project, Trinka says.
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