Rancho Cucamonga is moving forward with its Healthy RC program, a program that takes a multi-pronged approach to improving the health of the city. Part of that plan calls for a healthy earth, a to improve the health of their piece of the planet, the City has approved limited uses for residential wind turbines.

For now, only owners of larger parcels can apply for permits to erect a turbine on their property. Even then, they may only install one turbine in the back yard. Smaller, roof-mounted units can be installed as well. But the new ordinance allowing the windmills dictates that unobtrusive materials and paints must be used, and if the windmill sits unused for a year, it must be removed and the property returned to its former state.

The residential systems will be used to research community reaction and impact of wind turbines. Should the program prove successful, further expansion of the program is possible.

Read the full story at the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.