By Denis Langlois, The Sun Times
Wind farm developers see the scenic Bruce Peninsula as an ideal locale for industrial turbines.
At least two companies have announced plans to erect some 200 turbines throughout the northern stretch of Bruce County.
“We have always believed that the Bruce Peninsula is a good wind area to add to the Ontario grid and we believe that is why our project is still on track,” said Daniel LeBlanc, project director for Preneal Canada, which hopes to build up to 75 turbines in Northern Bruce Peninsula.
The company says it has already approached landowners and signed agreements to develop a wind farm of up to 200 megawatts in the former Eastnor and Lindsay Townships. Just south of the proposed Preneal project, Tribute Resources has announced plans to erect 125 turbines in South Bruce Peninsula.
The company, which says it has acquired options to lease on about 10,000 acres of land near Mar, says it has determined after three years of collecting data that the wind resources on the Bruce Peninsula are “among the best in Ontario.”
But while wind developers favour the peninsula, many in the area, which is part of a UNESCO world biosphere reserve and a key migration route for birds, say it is the last place a large-scale wind farm should go. read article