Andover introduces energy ordinance

Focus on wind turbines, solar energy


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Regulations on wind turbines

One per ten-acre lot is permitted.
Minimum setback requirements from property lines will be based on a minimum distance equal to 100 percent of the height of the structures including blades.
Mechanical equipment and buildings used for storage must conform to the standards of an accessory structure.
Wind turbines and related support equipment is not permitted in front yards or as rooftop installations.
The maximum height of a wind turbine cannot exceed 80 feet including the blades.

By Rose Sgarlato

— The Andover Township Council introduced a wind and solar energy ordinance at its April 14 meeting in an effort to address regulation on residential and individualized use of the energy.

The land use board crafted a new ordinance that would set parameters on providing power. It pertains strictly to residents using their own power and not for commercial sale purposes.

According to the final draft of the ordinance, wind turbines are permitted on all residential zoned districts but are subject to several regulations including usage and height.

“We have been working on this for a better part of the year,” said Deputy Mayor Dolores Blackburn, who is also on the land use board. “It is a proactive way to assure that general use of wind and solar energy is done properly and not to sell it.”

Most neighboring towns already have a residential ordinance in place, Blackburn said.

Mayor Phil Boyce said the town must put some restrictions in place.

“More people are looking at this as an option for their property,” Boyce said.

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