Skyscraper-high blades are increasingly standard on wind farms, but Pecos Wind Power thinks its small, distributed turbines will be a better fit in Vermont.
A handful of residents filed noise complaints against the project over the summer, though testing showed sounds levels were below state limits.
The 15-megawatt project would clear up to 75 acres of forest between two brooks that feed the Niantic River.
Skeptics worry the plan will give polluters an inexpensive and imprecise option to meet future emission targets.
The analysis by University of Rhode Island researchers did not account for aesthetic treatments, and found no impact from arrays in rural areas.