New ordinance regulates wind-energy structures
by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVEâ€”The Sugar Grove Village Board on June 1 unanimously approved a renewable-energy ordinance, which will define regulations for all small wind-energy systems constructed in the village.
â€œAnybody that comes in and wants to put up a small wind-energy system has to meet these regulations,â€ Community Development Director Richard Young said. â€œWeâ€™re calling this a renewable-energy system ordinance because we fully intend to come back in short order with solar panel designs that we incorporated into this ordinance, and then hopefully geothermal (energy).â€
The regulations cover residential and commercial districts, and require all small wind-energy structures to be no more than 50 feet high. The ordinance also requires such structures to have a noise maximum of 55 decibels and a blade-to-ground clearance of 30 feet.
The Sugar Grove Planning Commission on May 19 reviewed the renewable-energy ordinance and passed it on to the Village Board with a recommendation of approval.
Devices are â€˜greenâ€™
Sugar Grove Community Development Director Richard Young said
small wind-energy systems are hardly a cost-effective option,
and simply represent a green approach to cutting down on pollution.
â€œMost people want to (build an electricity-generating wind device)
regardless of whether or not itâ€™s cost-effective to them,â€ Young said.
â€œFor a lot of people, itâ€™s just about going green.â€