[Note to LFPress Editor: Please please please discontinue using the word “farm” when speaking of wind turbine developments. Anyone who lives in a rural area knows there is zero “farming” going on when these machines are installed. The land had to be rezoned “industrial” to allow them in – if that doesn’t say it all.]
London Free Press
Ontario’s Environmental Review Panel has given the go-ahead for the Grand Bend Wind Farm, a 40-turbine, $380-million project hugging the Lake Huron Shoreline. Major construction can now go ahead on the wind farm.
Developer Northland Power had applied the brakes to its plans, putting off major construction until appeals were settled. The original plans for the facility called for 48 turbines, but that was scaled back to 40. It will be located in the Huron County municipalities of South Huron and Bluewater over about 2,400 hectares. It will have a total capacity of 100 megawatts.
“Our company policy is not to do much during an appeal process,” Gord Potts, director of business development for the company, had told The Free Press this summer. Potts had said at that time that Northland anticipated the Grand Bend Wind Farm would start commercial operation in 2016. The farm is a joint project of Toronto-based Northland Power and the Aamjiwnaang First Nation at Sarnia and Bkejwanong First Nation at Walpole. Read article