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Sioux City Moves Forward On Residential Wind Units



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The Sioux City Council has taken a step toward allowing small wind energy systems in the city.
 
The council voted 3-2 in favor of the measure on Monday. Two more votes are required for an ordinance to be adopted.
 
The proposal would create a wind innovation zone that would let homeowners tap tax incentives for small wind turbines. Only free-standing or pole-mounted wind energy units would be allowed in yards. The units could not be attached to building roofs unless they are new buildings designed with roofs that can hold the weight.
 
City staffers say at least 35 Iowa counties and a number of cities have adopted similar laws.
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