ALTONA — Douglas Bonyea, whose grandson is now the fifth-generation owner of the Rand Hill Dairy Farm, watched the flames leap off the turbine as it burned and said that the fire is not a good reason for the community to turn its back on the wind farm.
"We actually went after Noble Environmental to get wind turbines built here," Bonyea said. "They benefit everyone involved, from the landowners to the town."
Bonyea, whose family has two turbines on their property, said he has never regretted their presence on his family's land.
"They hardly make any noise and we can plant crops right up to their bases," Bonyea said. "They provide us with extra income and they lower taxes in the town. Things like this fire happen, but it's still a lot cleaner than coal and a lot safer than nuclear power."