On Thursday July 15th, Liberty hosted the first public open house for the Hoffman Falls Wind project. Below you can find a short summary of the event, as well as links to the materials shared.
- Roughly 70 people attended, representing local government representatives, project participants, interested neighbors and concerned citizens.
- Liberty Renewables had 7 staff and consultants present who could speak to different aspects of the project:
- Molly Dunton, Project Developer, Liberty Renewables
- Augusta Mead, Jr. Project Developer, Liberty Renewables
- Toni Secreti, Project Coordinator, Liberty Renewables
- Diana Rood, Senior Land Agent, CanAcre
- Meg Lee, Senior Environmental Analyst, EDR
- Pat Heaton, Principal, Cultural Resources & GIS, EDR
- Chris Hoyt, Project Scientist, Epsilon Associates
- Common questions included:
- Where exactly will the turbines be located?
- Liberty has proposed turbine locations, but is still working to finalize these locations as we work through our environmental permit application. A draft site layout with these locations will be shared as soon as possible.
- What is the land use impact of the project?
- Each turbine will require roughly 1 acre of land at the base of the tower, as well as an additional .5 – 1 acre of land for other infrastructure such as access roads and collection (i.e. power) lines. Liberty estimates about 35 acres of land will be required for Hoffman Falls Wind once construction is completed. Existing roads will be used wherever possible, and all collection lines will be buried at least 4 feet deep.
- Visual impacts?
- As part of the NY State 94c permit process, Liberty will complete a comprehensive visual impact analysis and simulation for Hoffman Falls Wind. Specific concerns were raised regarding a few sensitive local viewsheds, and Liberty will prioritize those areas in its analyses.
- How will this project impact my property values?
- After years of study by the federal government as well as universities, no negative net impact of the construction of wind turbines has been determined on property values of homes in close proximity.
- Other feedback on the project included:
- Expand consultation radius to include all zip codes impacted by project
- Improve project specific branding to better distinguish this project from others proposed for Madison County
- Host next community meeting as soon as draft project layout is ready to be shared, including information on setbacks and other constraints
- Execute road use agreements with all host towns
We want to thank everyone who came out! Feedback from communities like yours helps us improve our projects. Please stay tuned for more information on opportunities to engage with our staff, and don’t hesitate to reach out using the contact information at the bottom of this page.
Poster: Hoffman Falls Wind
Poster: About Liberty
Poster: NY State 94-c Permit Process
Poster: NY State Noise Regulations
Handout: Hoffman Falls Wind Permitting Process