(KAWARTHA LAKES) Although Ward 16 Councillor Heather Stauble is calling it “premature,” a wind power company officer says he is confident a project planned for the City of Kawartha Lakes will be approved by the Province. Suzlon Group subsidiary, REpower Systems, announced on Dec. 17 they completed a contract with wpd europe GmbH for the delivery of a total of 51 wind turbines.
The turbines, each with a rated power of 2.05 megawatts are intended for a total of six projects; Whittington, Springwood, White Pines, Napier, Sumac Ridge and Fairview, to be constructed and commissioned in 2014. They are located in the Southern Ontario counties of Simcoe, Middlesex, Prince Edward, Dufferin, Wellington and Kawartha Lakes. The contract includes a service and maintenance agreement for 15 years for the new projects. Sumac Ridge is the project intended for the city.
On Wednesday (Dec. 19) Kevin Surette, manager of communications for wpd Canada, said five of the six projects were submitted to the Ministry of the Envrironment (MOE) for approval. Four of the five are still being evaluated. The application for the Springwood project, he said, was submitted last January and approved in mid-October. Mr. Surette said the applications are “comprehensive” and the company ensures all provincial regulations are followed. “The four projects are still being evaluated by the Ministry, but we are confident they will be approved,” he said.
He noted the months that passed between the submission of the Springwood project and its approval shows the Ministry takes the time to carefully review each application. REpower also announced its plan to set up a new rotor blade manufacturing facility in southern Ontario, but did not say where. Read article