The residents of Greenwich Township have decided to continue the fight against the wind turbine development that is being proposed in their area. Although the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) did not grant OMEGA’s application for rehearing, it did agree that the Greenwich Windpark cannot start construction of a wind farm where 62% of the proposed 25 wind turbines violate Ohio’s minimum setback requirements until Greenwich Windpark gets waivers from all owners of property adjoining the wind farm.
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson of Greenwich Neighbors United (GNU), said, “We are meeting with our local officials and residents to educate them on the order and how we may proceed. It is our understanding that the company cannot move forward until they have all the waivers from adjacent property owners in place, and that’s not going to happen.”
Les and Loretta Somsak said, “We own our home at 2910 St. Rt. 224 East, Greenwich, Ohio, 44837, and the wind turbines will not be far from our property. They don’t meet the minimum setback requirement that is in state law, and I will never sign a waiver. The turbines are dangerous and there is no way that I’ll allow them to be this close to my property.” Ledet said there are many other adjacent property owners who feel the same way and will not sign a waiver.
Greenwich Neighbors United is a group of property owners who joined together to coordinate efforts to voice concerns about the Greenwich Windpark LLC (Case No. 13-990-EL-BGN).