A Connecticut company proposing to place wind towers on a western Vermont ridge line has cleared its first hurdle, winning approval to place two test towers on Grandpa’s Knob.
Last week, the Vermont Public Service Board issued a certificate of public good to a subsidiary of Noble Environmental Power to test the wind levels on the ridge line. Testing could take up to five years.
The towers will be up to 197 feet tall and be placed on sites in Castleton and Hubbardton.
Noble, which is developing wind farms around the country, has estimated wind towers on Grandpa’s Knob could generate 50 megawatts of electricity.
The community’s reaction to the proposal has been muted. None of the select boards from the involved towns have officially responded to the project.