Ohio town moves one step closer to installing residential wind turbines

Thursday, June 14, 2012 @ 08:06 AM
posted by rene5432

Pickerington, Ohio, City Council gave the final approval last week on rules regarding residential use of wind turbines and other related renewable installations, moving the town closer to allowing homes to generate their own wind energy, This Week Community News reports.

According to the news source, council members unanimously passed the ordinance to creates rules for where and how turbines can be installed throughout the town. The rules will go into effect on July 5, and were designed to allow residents and businesses to subsidize their energy use through wind-powered systems.

"We've seen these coming up," said Joe Henderson, Pickerington development services director. "Wind energy is becoming popular across the country and we thought we'd put something in the code to help regulate it so that if people did [install them], they will do it in a safe manner."

According to the American Wind Energy Association, the U.S. leads the world in production of small wind turbines that have a capacity of 100 kilowatts or less. These generators uses wind energy to create clean energy for homes, farms and small businesses across the country. 

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