By John Miner, The London Free Press
An attempt to win municipal backing for a major wind turbine farm north of London has been voted down despite an offer of millions of dollars for a community fund that could be used for everything from social events to lowering property taxes. Southgate Township near Mount Forest had been in discussions with Samsung for months for two possible renewable energy projects – a 120 megawatt wind farm and a 50 megawatt solar energy project.
A month ago Southgate council passed a resolution stating it would consider declaring itself a “willing host” for the projects if a satisfactory agreement could be reached for a community benefit agreement. A draft agreement from Samsung offered $5.1 million over 20 years in exchange for council’s backing.
But Wednesday night Southgate council voted to go in the opposite direction and passed a resolution declaring itself an “unwilling host” for industrial wind farm developments. Mayor Brian Milne, who initiated the motion, said it had become clear the wind farm proposal was splitting the rural community. “I could see this was going nowhere in terms of the community,” Milne said Thursday. Read article