Public Meeting in Alvinston

Public Meeting – February 17, 2011  5:00 pm – 8:00 p.m.
Brooke-Alvinston-Inwood Community Centre    Map
3310 Walnut, Alvinston, ON N0N 1A0

Township residents split on wind farm proposal
By Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer

WATFORD — A proposed four-turbine wind farm could be generating electricity near here by the fall of 2011.

A second and final public meeting for the Zephyr Farms project is scheduled for Feb. 17, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Brooke-Alvinston-Inwood Community Centre’s Upper Hall in Alvinston.

It follows an initial public meeting held in the summer for the 10-MW project, proposed for a site bounded by Old Walnut and Ebenezer road, just south of Churchill Line.
If provincial approvals are in place, construction could begin in the summer and the turbines could be operating by the fall, according to Brent Hall of Mississauga-based Green Breeze Energy Inc.

Members of the public can view copies of the proposal at the township office in Alvinston, or online at www.oneworldenergy.com , Hall said.

“If people want to read them and make comments, we welcome the questions.”

Hall added the project has been designed to be as “noninvasive as possible.”

The proposal calls for the turbines to be decommissioned and removed in the fall of 2036.
“I would say the community is split about 50-50, those that think it’s a good idea and those who think there’s a problem with them,” Brooke-Alvinston Township Mayor Don McGugan said about community reaction.”I still maintain, I don’t have a problem with them if they can prove to me . . . there’s not a health issue.”

McGugan added the process for approving wind turbine projects is controlled by the province and out of the hands of the municipal council.

The township and the wind farm’s owners will have to reach an agreement to protect roads and bridges from any damage during construction, he said.

If the project goes ahead, it will be the first wind farm in Brooke-Alvinston.
But, the township is considering its own move into green energy.

McGugan said it has been exploring placing solar panels at the township’s sewage plant in Alvinston and at a roads depot on Nauvoo Road.

The township has already secured a contract to sell energy into the province’s electricity grid for one small-scale solar installation and, McGugan said, “We’ve applied for some more.”
But the proposals won’t move head without first going back to township council for approval, he said.

“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for the municipality.”
Information gathered by the township indicates the panels could pay for themselves in about seven years and then earn several thousand dollars a year for the municipality over the balance of their projected 20-year life, he said.

Strathroy MyFMMore turbine woes in Lambton County. Brooke-Alvinston Mayor Don McGuggan says he still has reservations about loosing valuable farm land to turbine companies. Green Breeze Energy based out of Missisauga has a contract to sell electricity from its proposed 10 megawatt project to Ontario Power Authority. If the project is approved it will mean four large turbines will be installed northwest of Alvinston near Churchill Line and Old Walnut Road.

6 thoughts on “Public Meeting in Alvinston

  1. WOW.McGugan added the process for approving wind turbine projects is controlled by the province and out of the hands of the municipal council. That is not the right attitude to convey,we the people, taxpayers are suppose to control our destiny as it is our properties that will be affected not the premier. Also stating, The township and the wind farm’s owners will have to reach an agreement to protect roads and bridges from any damage during construction, he said. Another Wow, and who is going to protect the people from the ill affects of the turbines? What a load of shit in this story and the weak leaders of this township.Wimps they are

  2. That several thousand dollars per year for the municipalty is just added on to Ontarians Hydro bills.

    Cant’ the township just refuse to enter into agreements to protect roads and bridges and in effect kill the project?

  3. Aren’t there weight restrictions on township roads and bridges in Brooke-Alvinston? Or do town councils just let the wind farm developers get away with not obeying these restrictions?

    Perhaps the wind developers should be made to pay for new roads instead of just paying for damages to roads & bridges caused by constructing wind turbines.

  4. Are vehicle weight restrictions on town roads just for some people and not others?

    It’s common practice to require companies to build new roads to construction sites that do meet the vehicle weight restrictions requirements.

    By the way new roads also require environmental assessments in order to be constructed.

    Seems the wind developers have discovered a cheap way to get the turbines installed in rural areas.

  5. “I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for the municipality.”
    Information gathered by the township indicates the panels could pay for themselves in about seven years and then earn several thousand dollars a year for the municipality over the balance of their projected 20-year life, he said.”

    Does he not understand that the money that the municipality could earn is coming out of our pockets,
    and that the decrease in property values will effectively reduce their income from property taxes?
    Seriously, does he think there is some magic genie at the mint that is printing renewables money? Good lord, what is wrong with these people?

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