Posted By Paul Jankowski Owen Sound Sun Times staff
An application has been filed to build a 240-megawatt wind farm near Mar on the Bruce Peninsula.
Tribute Resources Inc. of London, Ont., said in a news release that it recently set up a wholly owned subsidiary, Mar Silver Birch Limited Partnership (Mar LP), and incorporated Mar Wind Corp. as the general partner to apply to the Ontario Power Authority for a Feed-In-Tariff agreement and “to ultimately develop the project” north of Wiarton.
Tribute said it has “executed options to lease lands with 35 landowners for approximately 10,000 acres on which to place the turbines.”
Mar LP’s applications to the OPA say it anticipates being ready to start commercial generation by the fourth quarter of 2014 “subject to the construction of a new . . . transmission line” that connects to the Hydro One grid, the company’s news release said. “Mar LP intends to pursue an application to the Ontario Energy Board in 2011 for a leave to construct the new transmission line as well as the necessary routing and environmental studies.”
Tribute said it has been working on the wind energy project since 2005, when it began a three-year wind resource data program. The company erected an anemometer — a device that measures the force of wind — on land east of Sky Lake that it leased from former South Bruce Peninsula mayor Carl Noble.
The company says the wind resources there “are among the best in Ontario.”
Work on the Mar project slowed down in November 2006, when the province designated most of Grey-Bruce as an “orange zone” because it lacks transmission capacity to carry production from new commercial generation facilities.
“Tribute is monitoring the status of the orange zone as it is expected that it will be lifted or reduced after the proposed 500 KV Hydro One Bruce-to-Milton transmission line is operational, which is expected in 2012,” the company website says.
Noble said Wednesday he is not one of the landowners that has leased land to Tribute or its subsidiaries. He said he sold the property where the anemometer was located to his nephew and another 100 acres across the road to a neighbour.
Noble said he owns 125 acres along Red Bay Road and with the houses in the area and regulations requiring a 550-metre setback, he doesn’t have property suitable for a commercial wind turbine.
A spokesman for Tribute Resources could not be reached.