Tompkins welcomes renewable energy projects, with some reservations

While most can easily recognize the positive results of creating a solar farm, wind turbines, and biomass and geothermal plants — potentially less expensive energy that has minimal or no effect on climate — there are also several concerns that need to be addressed to minimize potential harm and mitigate the projects from becoming a nuisance.

“We have poor sound regulations,” said Enfield Councilwoman Beth McGee during a Tompkins County Planning and Sustainability public meeting Wednesday. “Use us as a cautionary tale. You want regulations in your town before projects are proposed.”

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