Wind Energy Ordinance Passed in Towamencin Township

The Towamencin Township Supervisors have approved an ordinance that regulates wind energy systems.

The power generating turbines are now allowed by right or special exception in four residential districts as well as the institutional, limited industrial and planned business campus districts. They must either be mounted on a pole or a lattice structure without guide wires. Township Supervisor David Mosesso voted against the ordinance because it prohibits roof mounted units.

“I think we should allow them as long as there’s inspections and engineering involve din these products being installed on someone’s roof and they meet al the Township’s ordinances as far as noise and sound and that type of thing.”

The ordinance also requires that the poles or lattice structures supporting the turbines be set back from the property line at least 1.2 times their height. The maximum power rating for the units is capped at 100-kilowats.