Friday, December 7, 2012
Jay Nygard has built his wind turbine—says courts are on his side.
Jay Nygard has built his wind turbine. Final touches were completed Wednesday, and the turbine is now up and operating. "I personally think it looks like art compared to what I could have bought," Nygard said earlier this week. "It is up and ready for action, as is my solar. I cannot wait to fire them up!" Nygard calls himself an entrepreneur and currently has ownership interests in several businesses. The turbine causing so much legal drama locally is made by a company which Nygard has an agreement with to manufacture in the U.S.—an opportunity he says he’ll capitalize on in the near future. “Now that I’m able to, I’m going to manufacture these here in Minnesota,” Nygard said. “I’ve had this opportunity on the table for a year and a half…
Friday, November 30, 2012
Jay Nygard claims the legal fight with City of Orono has cost him $50,000 and resulted in a two-year loss of business development. Orono Mayor Lili McMillan says city's hands have been tied due to lack of cooperation.
An ongoing legal dispute between a Lake Minnetonka homeowner and the City of Orono has once again been reignited. Jay Nygard thought his fight against City Hall was over when the Minnesota Court of Appeals issued a strongly worded decision last month ruling construction of a wind turbine adjacent to his lakeshore home was a permitted land use and that the City of Orono erred in blocking its placement. So Nygard was stunned when a letter recently arrived from the city demanding he dismantle the turbine’s concrete footing and immediately cease all construction activity. “At this point, all they are doing is costing everyone more money—especially the tax payers of Orono,” Nygard said. “I’m really not sure what they’re trying to do. It seems …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Jay Nygard says this week's ruling clears the way for a green energy endeavor based right here on Lake Minnetonka. Read the entire State Appeals Court ruling.
- Jay Corn
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
A ruling made this week by the Minnesota Court of Appeals will likely end for good an at times contentious dispute between the City of Orono and a resident wishing to construct a wind turbine on his property. Jay Nygard first approached the Orono City Council in 2010 with plans to construct a vertical-axis wind turbine on his Lake Minnetonka property. Citing violation of city code, it took the city council just two days to deny his application. “Instead of trying to work something out, they decided to go down this path of stubborn indignation,” Nygard said. Nygard ignored the city’s decision and built the turbine anyway. The city eventually took the case to court, and months of complicated legal actions ensued. But the appeals court’s 10-…