Previously Rejected Wind Farm To Try Again In Antrim

Dec 8, 2014

Credit Chris Jensen / NHPR

A proposed wind farm in the Monadnock Region is resubmitting its application to the state. Almost two years ago regulators rejected the project.

Portsmouth Developer Aeolian Renewables wants to build nine wind turbines on a ridge in the town of Antrim that would generate slightly less than 30 megawatts, making it on the smaller side for wind farms in the state. In a letter sent to the state’s Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) the developer’s attorney stated it would remove one of the turbines proposed in the original project, and reduce the height of another. The letter did not specify how much shorter the turbine will be.

The letter also states that at a meeting toward the end of September, the Antrim board of selectmen "voted unanimously to reaffirm its support of the project, as well as the SEC's  continued jurisdiction over the project."

The SEC normally does not normally regulate projects smaller than 30 megawatts, but the town of Antrim petitioned the state to take jurisdiction of the decision saying it did not have the "requisite expertise" to evaluate the project.

The SEC denied a permit to the project in 2013, and based that decision primarily on the visual impact the wind farm would have on the surrounding region.