Save Ontario Shores, Inc. is a grassroots citizens group
formed in January 2015 to address the health, safety and welfare of the Town of Yates and Town of Somerset taxpayers and residents regarding the issue of permitting Apex Clean Energy, Inc. to build 45 to 70 industrial wind turbines in these rural towns. Concerns include sound emitting from the turbines 24 hours a day, change to the rural nature of the area with the addition of industrial wind turbines, potential health risks, and the effect on wildlife, local businesses, property values and tourism.
Apex’s proposed Lighthouse Wind turbine placement maps:
LIGHTHOUSE WIND TURBINE PLACEMENTS, LAND LEASES AND EASEMENTS
Click on the brackets on the upper right hand side of the window below to get a larger map. This map is interactive and works like Google maps. You can zoom in using the +/- buttons on the lower left. You can double click on the turbine icons or on a leased parcel to see who the owner is. For an alphabetical list of signers in both towns, go to our “Leases and Easements” tab.
What you can do to Participate
- Become familiar with the issues and stay informed. See the Talking Points here.
- Bookmark our website and visit often.
- Like us on Facebook and join the conversation.
- Sign up for our newsletter to keep informed.
- Post a sign in your front yard, porch or front window. Contact us for more information.
- Download Instructions for making DPS Comments (pdf)
- Contact elected officials, State agencies, the developer.
- Join us at Town Board Meetings! Yates, Somerset, Hartland, Ridgeway & Newfane Town Meeting Schedules (pdf). Meeting Calendar
Power Coalition unites to block Lighthouse Wind Project
A diverse group of organizations have joined forces to stop the Lighthouse Wind project. See the press release announcing the formation of the POWER Coalition
On May 31, 2019, the Albany Times Union published an editorial by Gary A. Abraham, attorney for Save Ontario Shores and other citizen groups in the state. Mr. Abraham addressed the flaws contained within a recent statement from the New York League of Conservation Voters pertaining to siting renewable energy projects in New York. See the editorial HERE. See his complete response to the League’s recent statement, including an executive summary and detailed analysis HERE.
Niagara County Legislature supports calls for industrial wind turbine environmental and health studies
SOS president calls on Gov. Cuomo to reconsider support for Lighthouse Wind project
Birding in and around Somerset and Yates 2019
Participate in local bird counts from the comfort of your home or a location nearby. Become a citizen scientist! Birding in the Towns of Yates and Somerset (pdf)
The American Bird Conservancy published the “Top 10 Myths About Wind Energy and Birds” on December 6, 2017 – https://abcbirds.org/top-10-myths-wind-energy-birds. They also published a March 2016 report that lists the Lighthouse Wind project in: “10 of the Worst-Sited Wind Energy Projects for Birds” – https://abcbirds.org/10-worst-wind-energy-sites-for-birds
The Rochester Birding Association says the “Apex Lighthouse Wind Project Poses Significant Threat to Birds”: https://rochesterbirding.com/rba-apex-lighthouse-wind-project-poses-significant-threat-to-birds/
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SOS is 100% funded by generous local individuals.
Please consider joining this work by giving what you can. Monthly donations are welcome. SOS is a not for profit corporation and it is not a tax exempt organization, so donations are not deductible for tax purposes. Checks can be sent to:
Save Ontario Shores, Inc.
PO Box 216
Lyndonville, NY 14098