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Man can't put wind turbine on land in Washoe Valley, high court rules

The Nevada Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the wind turbine sought by a Washoe Valley resident should be banned as a nuisance.

The ruling by Justices Jim Hardesty, Kris Pickering and Nancy Saitta affirms the district court decision to prevent Rick Sowers from building the power-generating turbine on his property.

The court agreed that aesthetics of a turbine alone aren't grounds to rule it a nuisance.

"However, we conclude that a nuisance in fact may be found when the aesthetics are combined with other factors such as noise, shadow flicker and diminution in property value," the opinion states.

Sowers told …

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Feb 15, 2013 03:09AM Published Feb 15, 2013 03:08AM Copyright 2013 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.