ARC Wind Turbine

The Aquaculture Research Corporation has proposed a Wind Turbine to support its aquaculture facility.  Freestanding wind turbines have a long history in Dennis.  Below are a few such illustrations of some of the facilities.  The turbines of times gone by were constructed to the size required for the service to be provided.  Many were nearly as tall as the other structures on the farms they were intended to serve.  The ARC proposal will provide for the energy needs of the ARC property, allowing them to continue to provide seed shellfish to the Cape and beyond.  This is an important economic development project for the Town of Dennis and all of Cape Cod.

Tobey Farm

Grand Cove, West Dennis

Grand Cove JE Baxter Photo

The Columns

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3 thoughts on “ARC Wind Turbine

  1. IT IS HARD TO GRASP WHY SO MANY ATTEMPTS AT REVITALIZING “THE COLUMNS” HAVE NOT COME TO FRUITION. SEEMS LIKE 20 YEARS HAVE PASSED AND NOTHING IS EVER COMPLETED.

    LOVELY TO SEE WHAT IT WAS AND, WITH PERSEVERANCE, WHAT IT CAN LOOK LIKE IN THE FUTURE. TURBINE AND ALL…

  2. Mary Ellen

    The Columns remains a source of much frustration. The site has been subject to two zoning changes which should have invited re-investment. First, our affordable housing by-law would have allowed the interior of the main building and the carriage house to be converted into residential floor space. Based upon the amount of floor area, it was likely it could have supported about 8 decent size apartments or condominiums. I met with a previous owner several times on this idea, but it went nowhere. More recently it has been included in the West Dennis Village Center Zoning District. This would allow the structure to be reused in a mixed use manner with commercial on the ground floor and residential above. At one point the ground floor area was approved for a restaurant. The septic has been upgraded to support a restaurant and apartments in the building. Unfortunately, we have no one moving forward with any plans for the site at this time.

    Dan

  3. THE ARC Turbine

    The one huge difference that your comments about the ARC turbine failed to note is that it is so HUGE – 242 feet tall, 12 feet wide with blades that are 72 feet in length. None of the examples you “shared” were anywhere near that scope, but were windmills for personal use – not electrical power plants.

    They could not be seen for miles around, they did not changes the landscape of a pristine sand dune and beach. The ARC turbine will be seen from miles around. Why should one business be able to affect so many people in dennis and the surrounding communities.

    I find that the approval by the historic district for the turbine was arbitrary – as are many of their decisions. This huge power plant will destroy a beautiful scenic vista – put it fives miles off shore and who cares.
    I am deeply disturbed by the ARC wind turbine. They appear to want an industrial application in a residential area.

    Patricia Campbell
    Tobey Farm
    PS: The Tobey Farm windmill in the 1800′s was not very tall, so to use it is a bad example.

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