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Public meetings planned for ‘Heritage Wind’ project in Barre

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 January 2017 at 9:24 am

Company opens office in downtown Albion

Photo by Tom Rivers: Apex Clean Energy has opened an office in Albion at 49 North Main St.

Photo by Tom Rivers: Apex Clean Energy has opened an office in Albion at 49 North Main St.

BARRE – Apex Clean Energy is inviting community members to open houses to learn more about a proposed 200-megawatt wind energy project in the Town of Barre.

Apex last year announced its plan for “Heritage Wind” in Barre. The project would include much of Barre, except a buffer area near Pine Hill Airport on the west side of town.

Heritage Wind has scheduled an open house for Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Barre Town Hall, 14317 West Barre Rd.

A second open house is planned for Saturday, Feb. 11, from 2 to 4  p.m. at the Heritage Wind Office, 49 North Main St. in Albion.

“Heritage Wind is still in the very early stages of project design and the pre-application stage of permitting. We just submitted our Public Involvement Program plan this past fall,” says Heritage Project Developer Ben Yazman. “We have enjoyed the dialogue now under way with stakeholders and are excited to open our new office in Albion.”

To see the Public Involvement Plan check the link on the NYS Department of Public Service by clicking here. That site also includes a map of the proposed project area.

Heritage Wind says the 200-megawatt project would provide about $1.6 million in payments to taxing jurisdictions in Barre each year over 30 years, “with additional indirect economic benefits greatly exceeding that number.”

The 200 megawatts is enough electricity for 53,000 homes, Apex said.

Heritage Wind invites the community to stop by the Albion office if there are questions about the project. Heritage Wind team members can be reached at 585-563-5137 or info@heritagewindpower.com. Office hours will be posted at www.heritagewindpower.com.

Apex Clean Energy also is working on Lighthouse Wind, a wind energy project in the towns of Yates and Somerset.

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