Windmill enthusiast opposes new ordinance

Staff Reports

The final version of an ordinance establishing guidelines for windmills in Douglas County will be before commissioners on Thursday.

The ordinance under consideration allows windmills on parcels 5 acres or larger.

However, Gardnerville resident Jim Morris said the ordinance actually limits the number of owners capable of having a windmill to a fifth of the population.

Morris said that the limits on size of windmills will affect their ability to produce electricity. Windmills on 5-acre parcels are limited to 35-feet tall with a 10-foot rotor.

Commissioners are scheduled to discuss the issue briefly at their regular meeting starting 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

In 2005 the Nevada Legislature passed a law to encourage use of windmills.


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