For decades, York County residents have worked to harness windpower

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This Lancaster County (Pa.) Solid Waste Management Authority story shows two superimposed wind turbines at Turkey Point, as viewed from York County. Specifically, this scene comes from the Long Level area on the Susquehanna River’s west bank – the Long Level area of York County. Foundations for the turbine units are in place, and turbine parts will arrive soon. Also of interest: Chickies Rock braced for rush of Susquehanna’s waters York County: It’s shaped like a horse’s …., and Scenic Yellow Breeches snakes along York County’s northern boundary and Site filled with wealth of York County geological info.

York County has linked up with windpower since the 1870s.
First, it was Dempwolf’s windmill on the banks of the Codorus. Then came S. Morgan Smith’s entry into windpower in the World War II era.
Now the county’s connection with a soon-to-be highly visible windpower project comes from afar – from across the Susquehanna River.
The Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority says two wind turbines are planned for construction on Turkey Point… .


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Two windmills are being built on Lancaster County’s Turkey Hill, at the bend in the Susquehanna River at right. The view, sans windmills, is from near Highpoint County Park, Lower Windsor Township. The photo is a composite of two pictures, courtesy of the York Daily Record/Sunday News.
They will generate about 25 percent of the electricity it needs for its neighbor, Turkey Hill Dairy.
The York Daily Record/York Sunday News story, For green believers, Turkey Point wind turbines cause some internal strife, tells about the pros and cons of the project. The biggest con is the two tall towers with rotating blades atop beautiful Turkey Point.
Alternative energy projects are beginning to dot the York County countryside. Will history remember the year 2010 as a tipping point for regional projects such as these listed by the newspaper?
Consider:
· A commercial-size wind turbine helping to offset the electricity bills of the Hilltop Country Barn store in Heidelberg Township. The $80,000 setup began producing electricity this year to sell into the grid.
· A roughly $4.3 million solar array project at Morningstar Marketplace in Jackson Township, which is under development. The project received necessary local approvals this year.
· A $12.8 million solar array project for GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare LP at its facility in East Manchester Township. The project has received $1 million solar energy program grant for a 3-megawatt rooftop array.
· A roughly $440 million doubling of hydroelectric generation capacity at PPL Corp.’s Holtwood Dam in southern Lancaster County. Also, West Manchester Township’s Voith Hydro has been contracted to make equipment for the project.
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About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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