I was in Chateaugay a couple of weeks ago and got my first look at the wind park. There are already a bunch of wind turbines in Ellenburg and Brainardsville, with 72 turbines planned for Chateaugay. With 86 turbines each with an output of 1.5 Megawatts, that’s 129 MW total. That’s a significant amount of power.
These things completely dominate the landscape. They’re 260 feet to the hub of the rotor, 389 feet from the ground to the top of the rotor when it’s at 12:00. When they’re turning (and a lot of them are now) the effect is like something out of a science fiction movie. When you look at the towers it looks like the future has finally arrived. We may not be zooming around with personal jetpacks or colonizing remote planets, but there are giant windmills in Chateaugay.
It’s strange to see such big changes in Northern Franklin County. The area has been in a long decline since the demise of family farming. Most of the changes we’ve seen in recent years are consist of barns and falling down and fields turning fallow. It’s not often you see something new spring up.