Controversial windmills to be erected this summer
The controversial-but-approved windmill farm headed to Highland County will finish construction this summer, say the owners in a Roanoke Times story. The project–- which has been accused of threatening bats and migratory birds–- was the subject of a 2006 Hook cover story.
The developer, Highland New Wind LLC, points out that the site, an already bald mountain-top farm, won't require the usual deforestation and will make the county a net exporter of energy. However, UVA environmental sciences researcher Rick Webb takes a dimmer view of the project's enviro and financial credentials.
"It's getting ridiculous," says Webb. "This makes at least four or five times now that Highland New Wind spokesmen have announced that construction is imminent–- I think they are fishing for investors."
A message left with a Highland New Wind representative was not returned.
–-last updated 12:28pm, Tuesday April 13