Hobart to decide on city wind turbine

By Staff Writer

A Tasmanian Council is poised to decide on whether to add wind turbines to a city building.

The Hobart City Council is considering a request for large wind turbines to be built on one of the city’s largest blocks, owned by the ANZ bank.

Under the plan 12-metre high turbines will help power the building on one of the city’s main streets.

The Lord Mayor Rob Valentine said a council committee will decide tonight whether to recommend that full council approve the proposal.

"Obviously there are a number of issues to take into account in terms of height and the visuals," he told ABC News in Tasmania.
"Obviously noise is another issue that needs to be considered but weighed against that are the benefits of a structure like this which deals with renewable energy."

A proposal for turbines on the Marine Board Building on Hobart’s waterfront is before the Sullivans Cove Waterfront Authority.

Greens Alderman Helen Burnett said that the decisions were important test cases for the city of Hobart.

"This type of wind turbine can be seen as appropriate in our city," she told ABC News. "It’s a vertical turbine rather than a blade turbine which isn’t suitable in the city because of the noise factor.

"If this can be proved to be an efficient way of providing energy generation then it’s a good step in the right direction."


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