Duluth, MN Wind Energy Conversion System at Duluth Central High School
Status: Adopted on 5/24/04
Vote: In Favor - 7 Opposed - 1 Abstain - 1
RESOLUTION NO. 04-0355R
RESOLUTION GRANTING A SPECIAL USE PERMIT TO DULUTH CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL AND MINNESOTA POWER FOR A WIND ENERGY CONVERSION SYSTEM ON PROPERTY LOCATED AT 800 EAST CENTRAL ENTRANCE (CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL/MINNESOTA POWER).
WHEREAS, Duluth Central High School and Minnesota Power have submitted to the city council a request for a special use permit for a wind energy conversion system on property described as in the NE1/4, SE1/4, Section 21, T50N, R14W, lying south of Central Entrance and located at 800 East Central Entrance and said permit application was duly referred to the city planning commission for a study, report and public hearing and the city planning commission has subsequently reported its approval to the city council; and
WHEREAS, the approval was made because of the city planning commission's findings that appropriate safeguards will exist to protect the comprehensive plan and to conserve and to protect property values in the neighborhood if conditions are observed (Reference File No. 04033).
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that a special use permit is hereby granted to Duluth Central High School and Minnesota Power to allow for the operation of a wind energy conversion system at 800 East Central Entrance, subject to the following conditions:
- (a) The tower is to be installed within one year of approval of the special use permit;
- (b) The school is to provide a contact position should complaints arise in the future;
- (c) The development is to follow the plans provided. Minor amendments or changes are subject to review by planning and development department staff. Major amendments or changes are subject to review by the planning commission.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution grants a special use permit to Duluth Central High School and Minnesota Power for the erection of a 1kW wind generator atop a 64-foot tower structure on school property at 800 East Central Entrance. The wind generator will be used to power two lights for Central High School's entrance sign. At the same time, equipment will be available to allow students to track and record electricity data from the power inverter box located at the base of the windmill. The generator will also power two lights for free. The applicant states that this project "is a unique application of renewable energy resources while at the same time, a service learning opportunity for high school students in cooperation with Minnesota Power's Engineering Services Group." The planning commission unanimously approved this resolution at its April 28, 2004 meeting.