A WVN "Alert" that I received today raised the question of wind power as part of the Town Center.

Quote Originally Posted by WVN
Dear Wayland Voter,

When the Planning Board meets at the Town Building on Tuesday March 27, it will hear plans from Stop & Shop to install five wind turbines when it builds a supermarket at the Town Center on Route 20.

The architects are on the agenda for 7:30 p.m. There is likely to be considerable interest.

http://www.wayland.ma.us/Pages/Wayla...da03272012.pdf

Stop & Shop, which seeks LEED certification for eco-friendly design, is also interested in solar panels, electric car charging stations and other initiatives.

A Wayland Energy Initiatives Advisory Committee study recently indicated that the entire town is an unpromising site for wind-generated power. Turbines large enough to produce significant amounts of electricity would almost certainly be intolerable for residents and customers. The projected location of five turbines is not far from the Wayland Commons condos west of Route 27.

One source of information about turbine payback times is at:
http://eetd.lbl.gov/ea/ems/reports/54865.pdf
It's not clear what WVN means by "Turbines large enough to produce significant amounts of electricity would almost certainly be intolerable for residents and customers." Do they mean noise? That would certainly be a fair objection. Or perhaps they mean appearance?

I for one find wind turbines to be graceful additions to the landscape. Assuming that they make sense economically, I'd be all for having them be part of my view, whether driving through Wayland or gazing out from my compound in Hyannis.

A question--would it make sense (technically and economically) to put cell equipment on wind turbines? I'd hate to mar the sleek lines of the turbines with prickly-looking cell appendages, but might be worth consideration.