John Spears, Toronto Star
Samsung Renewable Energy and two partners have received provincial approval for a 270 megawatt wind power project in western Ontario. The K2 project in Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh Township near Goderich has received renewable energy approval for the 140-turbine development, the company said Tuesday. Samsung’s partners in the venture are Pattern Energy and Capital Power.
The companies say they hope to start construction later this year, with operation starting in 2015. Samsung has signed an agreement with the township to deliver $15 million in funding for community initiatives over the next 20 years. It will also pay $1,500 a year to the owner of any home within one kilometre of a turbine. But the project, which has already been taken to court once, could be subject to legal challenges.
Shawn and Tricia Drennan, who farm in the area of the proposed wind farm, argue that the development could threaten their health, as well as the health of their livestock and the value of their farm. That violates their right to security of the person under the Charter of Rights, they argue. Read article