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Small-Scale Community Wind for Middleburgh

Locally grown wind energy that stays in the community.

With only one or two turbines on a few acres, a typical community wind project can generate enough locally-grown clean energy to power up to 2,600 homes. This electricity stays within the community for local subscribers, giving Middleburgh residents and businesses more access to affordable clean energy — and more freedom to choose.

The next town meeting is March 10.
Please come show your support for local clean energy.

"If we all do our little part now, maybe
it'll be better for the next generation."

Fred Echtner, Lawton Hollow Road,
Farmer and Lifelong Middleburgh Resident

 

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Borrego is in the early stages of working with a local farmer on Lawton Hollow Road to lease ~5 acres of their land and put 1 or 2 turbines for a community wind project. We have been working with the town to get approval for installing a temporary meteorological tower on the site to monitor the wind output and assess whether it is good fit for wind energy. 

As one of the most trusted clean energy developers in New York, we are committed to honest & open communication with your community. We've created this page to keep you informed about the project and provide you with project updates when we have them. If you have any questions you don't see answered here, please contact us.

About the Proposed Project

This small-scale wind project consists of 1 or 2 wind turbines which will be thoughtfully sited on approximately 5 acres of land, in an upper field of a 110-acre hay field in Middleburgh, NY. The landowners are happily leasing this small portion of their 500+ acre property in exchange for a stable 25+ year income, allowing them to keep their farm intact and preserve the land for farming operations — for this generation and the next.

LOCATION: 672 Lawton Hollow Rd., Middleburgh NY

ESTIMATED TIMELINE: (subject to change pending approvals)

  • Spring 2022: Install meteorological tower & begin permitting
  • Summer 2022: Complete permitting & electrical interconnection
  • Fall 2022: Submit building plans
  • Spring 2023: Construction begins

PUBLIC INFORMATION PRESENTATIONS:

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Aerial view of the proposed site

 

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Proposed wind energy project in Middleburgh, NY (Schoharie County) will have local community benefits.

Middleburgh will receive tax relief.
The County will receive tax relief.
The Middleburgh Central School District
will receive tax relief.

Benefits for Middleburgh

Local tax revenue: Municipal services including the town, county, and school districts all benefit from the increased tax revenue from the project, all of which is negotiated as part of the permitting process.

Continued agricultural land use: Using small acreage, community wind projects typically allow farming operations and other agricultural land use to continue side-by-side the wind project. 

More jobs:  Small community wind projects like this one can create ~30 jobs over the life of the project, including short-term construction jobs and some long-term jobs for operations and maintenance.

Local materials: Steel, concrete, gravel, and electrical materials are typically sourced locally.

Locally-sourced clean energy: Provides locally-generated energy that powers local homes, restaurants, and businesses. This source of clean energy also supports the state’s goals to reach 70% renewable energy generation by 2030 and zero-emissions electricity by 2040.

Local energy users will be able to enroll in community wind program: Once the system is operational, community residents and businesses will be able to enroll and get clean energy at a discount, even lower than the rates for non-renewable providers.

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How We Research Each Potential Wind Site

Wind measurements: During the initial stages, we typically install a meteorological measurement tower (also known as a "met tower") to collect data on local wind speeds and other conditions to make sure the site is acceptable for wind energy. Met towers are typically removed before construction begins on the project.

Environmental studies: As part of our comprehensive due diligence, our engineers will conduct a very thorough process of evaluation and permitting to assess and mitigate risk to the communities where we work. This includes studies to rule out any impact on historical/cultural resources, wetlands, or endangered or threatened species. We will continue to update this page when each of these studies are complete.

Impact on birds and bats: For each of our wind projects, we also consult with the Department of Environmental Conservation and avian specialists to conduct on-site surveys to ensure there's no adverse effects on bird and bat populations.

 

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Proposed wind energy project site, looking West.


 

 

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Does Wind Impact Property Values?

The short answer is No.

There's no long-term evidence that wind power impacts property values, based on years of major comprehensive and peer-reviewed studies in the US.

Even as recently as February 2022, the leading energy researcher for the Department of Energy was quoted in an NPR interview reiterating his findings that there's no impact to residential property values after studying it over multiple periods of time.

The most comprehensive study to date was published in 2015, and it found no statistical evidence that home values near turbines were affected in either the post-construction or post-announcement/pre-construction periods.

We understand you have genuine concerns about your most important asset: your home. And as a family-owned business, we know first-hand the importance of making careful choices for your land. But as scary as the sensational headlines and anecdotes might seem, they just aren't true.

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What is Community Wind?

Most importantly: it's NOT a utility-scale wind farm.

Small project on minimal acreage: Unlike large-scale wind farms that generate energy for utilities, smaller community wind projects like this one use minimal acreage with only 1-2 wind turbines.

Freedom to choose: Once the project is complete, community members can choose to buy their electricity directly from Community Wind — keeping the clean energy in their community.

Affordable electricity from a renewable source: Once the turbines are operational, local participants in the community wind project receive clean energy at a discounted rate, taking advantage of the most affordable way to generate electricity today.

Fun fact: As little as 5 acres of available land can produce enough wind energy to power 2,500 local homes, making community wind a desirable option for rural areas looking to gain energy independence while also generating municipal tax revenue.

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About Borrego

We're a family-run business and one of the oldest and largest private renewable energy developers in the nation. We have decades of experience working within communities to mitigate risk and impact, and have helped more than 50 landowners in New York state alone harvest the financial opportunity of their land for renewable energy.

Our success over the last 40 years is firmly rooted in the long-term relationships we’ve cultivated with landowners, neighbors, utilities, and local permitting authorities. Our goal is always to develop and engineer a sustainable project that performs for years to come.

Click here to read more about Borrego, and why hundreds of landowners and communities have trusted us with their land leases over the years.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Wind Energy

We know you may have questions about wind power, whether they're concerns about sound, property values, and impacts on birds. Here's one of the best sources of fact-checked information about wind, with links to the original sources: The Truth About Wind Power.

Sound: Wind energy is a quiet neighbor when operating. These turbines typically produce no more than 50 decibels of sound that will blend into the background noise. (That's louder than a refrigerator but quieter than a single average window air conditioner.)

Birds: Wind power is far less harmful to wildlife than traditional energy energy sources. And according to the Audubon society, the greatest causes of bird deaths are cats, tall buildings, power lines and cell towers, and automobiles.

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Contact Us

Please contact us if you have comments, questions, or would like updates on the project.

Please note - if your comment includes a question or a request for more information, we will be in touch soon.

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