Wind Energy Project Approved for Lompoc

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Wind Energy Project Approved for Lompoc
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By edhat staff

The Santa Barbara County Planning Commission approved a wind energy project for Lompoc this Wednesday.

After a lengthy meeting, the commission voted unanimously for BayWa's 98 megawatts Strauss Wind Project in the hills south of Lompoc. This will be Santa Barbara County's first wind farm.

The project plans to place 29 wind turbines that are nearly 500 feet tall on approximately 3,000 acres near Miguelito Canyon and a 5,000 square foot operations building. This is the same location as the previously-approved Lompoc Wind Energy Project from 2009 that was scrapped due to the recession. 

The turbines can produce enough electricity for 43,000 homes and will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40,000 metric tons per year. It also provides an estimated $40 million in tax revenue over the project's 30-year life span, creates 150 temporary construction jobs and 4 to 6 permanent jobs, and will allow local ranchers to continue agricultural operations while receiving supplemental income, according to the project's supporters.

The majority of public attendees supported the project although concerns were raised about the potential effect on birds and removing oak trees. 

The Community Environmental Council stated the modified final project includes micro-siting turbines to reduce impacts to birds, reducing oak tree removal by 87%, and requiring that 10 oaks be planted for each one removed.

The project is expected to be completed late next year.

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sacjon Nov 22, 2019 01:11 PM
Wind Energy Project Approved for Lompoc

12:57 - modern wind turbine technology has plenty of effective bird and bat repellent/deterrent solutions. Don't worry, no more birds or bats will get struck than the amount of wildlife suffocating in oil spills, being displaced/killed by construction of wells, etc....

Red Creek Nov 22, 2019 01:03 PM
Wind Energy Project Approved for Lompoc

Santa Barbara COUNTY Planning Commission. There's a difference, unless somehow Santa Barbara has illegally annexed portions of Lompoc (like they did the Goleta airport).

a-1575769473 Nov 22, 2019 12:57 PM
Wind Energy Project Approved for Lompoc

"reduce impact to birds." Ohhh-kay. How many birds will die then, annually? Bats? What is the acceptable number? As for replacing one mature oak with 10 saplings, that's the biggest joke to come down the pike. We all saw how well that went when all the oaks were slaughtered to make way for vineyards. Where are these sets of 10 oaks planted? How many decades before one of the 10 provides shade or any resemblance to habitat?

sacjon Nov 22, 2019 01:16 PM
Wind Energy Project Approved for Lompoc

12:57 - this might interest you if you are really concerned about the birds: https://grist.org/climate-energy/for-the-birds-and-the-bats-8-ways-wind-power-companies-are-trying-to-prevent-deadly-collisions/

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