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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jqb Nov 22, 2019 03:28 PM
Wind Energy Project Approved for Lompoc

"produce so little engery" Wrong. "are NOT "Green"" Wrong. "need to be replaced so often that it kills any benefit" Wrong. "PILE of dead birds underneath" Wrong.

Sal15puedes Nov 22, 2019 01:51 PM
Wind Energy Project Approved for Lompoc

In order to replace dirty energy which is making our planet less and less hospitable (not to mention historic surges in extinctions which should send a chill up our spines) we need wind solar and a Manhattan Project for renewables. Cats kill far more birds than wind turbines ever will, while fighting wind farms you should also fight outdoor cats, tall buildings and your picture window. It's impossible to produce energy without environmental impact, the idea here is to lessen impact while producing exponentially less CO2's. Until the silent invisible zero impact energy comes along we're going to need solar and wind farms in as many places as feasible, weighing local impact against the tons of CO2's that won't be produced. Stand behind the science and make real change!

a-1574475429 Nov 22, 2019 06:17 PM
Wind Energy Project Approved for Lompoc

As I set Out above, wind is especially energy consuming (typically needs lots of coal energy to fabricate as each one uses 2500tons of concrete and 900 tons of steel plus 45 tons of unrecyclable fiberglass that requires a landfill 20yrs later. And of course all the diesel trucks to deliver the goods, truck away broken blades and deliver the workers back and forth for routine and unplanned maintenance.

If one wants to be green for climate change purposes, one must make lifecycle calculations. Never mind the birds and bats.

sacjon Nov 22, 2019 02:49 PM
Wind Energy Project Approved for Lompoc

KOHN1 - and oil doesn't have any "drawbacks?" No need to bash renewables just because of a few issues. ALL energy has pros and cons.

sacjon Nov 22, 2019 02:12 PM
Wind Energy Project Approved for Lompoc

KOHN1 - why are you so against renewable energy? Is it because you are worried that renewable energy sources are going to hurt the environment? Is it because you support fossil fuels so intensely that you dislike all competition? Is it because you hate liberals and are just following your party line? What is it?

kohn1 Nov 22, 2019 02:06 PM
Wind Energy Project Approved for Lompoc

Be sure to find out how windmills & solar panels can be manufactured and installed without using fossil fuels and what the process is to dispose of them when they reach the end of their useful life.

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-1574456270 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:


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