They aren’t that bad. No really, a 300+ foot windmill sounds like it will be this monstrosity, but they really aren’t that bad. In fact, I took a drive out to Lackawanna after reading a short article in the Buffalo News about the first windmill being operational.

As you can see by the pictures below, they don’t exactly jump out at you. I was on Route 5, directly across the street from the site. Remember, they are on a brownfield. A virtual waste site. This is an improvement. If the power from these windmills is being used to generate clean energy, keep them coming.

There have been complaints from people that the windmills are monstrosities that obstruct the view of people in the Hamburg area. They are complaining the it destroys their view of the City skyline. This is a matter of opinion. You either feel it is attractive, or not. Make your own call.

Lackawanna windmills near buffalo ny
Wind mills in New York
Buffalo wind farm

I feel that this is a good use of the site. If Donn Esmonde is right, this does have a chance to bring jobs to the area. This might be a bit far-fetched, but the argument appears to be sound.

The assets that made Buffalo great can help us again. Mammoth wind turbines are best shipped by barge. Waterways connect us to markets in the United States, Canada and Europe. We have a supply of workers, stretches of industrial land, and we sit on a highway/railroad hub, with a cargo airport in Niagara Falls. America is a booming market for wind power, and manufacturers — many of them in Europe — are looking for U.S. sites.

A Bass Pro, windmill construction, and an Ikea and we are good to go.