10MW Development South of Watford
Company: Green Breeze Energy Inc (Oneworld Energy)
Project: Zephyr Farms Limited
Location: SW of Watford between Ebenezer and Old Walnut Rd., south of Churchill Line
Public Input Meeting
Date: Aug. 26,
Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Brooke-Alvinston-Inwood Community Centre (Arena) in Alvinston
More wind turbines for Lambton
August 2nd 2010
A four-turbine wind farm could be generating electricity in Brooke-Alvinston Township by the fall of 2011.
Brent Hall of Green Breeze Energy Inc. said the Mississauga-based company has a contract to sell electricity from its proposed 10 MW Zephyr Farms Limited project to Ontario Power Authority.
Green Breeze Energy is working through the provincial environment approvals process and has a public meeting scheduled for Aug. 26, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Brooke-Alvinston-Inwood Community Centre in Alvinston.
The turbines will be built southwest of Watford between Ebenezer and Old Walnut roads, just south of Churchill Line.
“We are hoping to begin construction in late spring of next year,” Hall said. The first stages will be building access roads and concrete bases for the four turbines that could be erected next summer and operating by the fall of 2011, he said.
Mayor Don McGugan said opinion is split in the township when it comes to wind farms.
“If people can prove to me, and show to me, that there is not a health hazard, I don’t have a problem with them,” he said.
The location proposed for the Zephyr Farms project is more than 550 metres from other property owners’ homes, McGugan said. “It is kind of isolated.”
A recent information night in Alvinston, organized by a group opposed to a wind farm proposal in nearby Dawn-Euphemia Township, attracted about 175 people, but the crowd also included people from outside of Lambton County, McGugan said.
“I understand people’s concern for something new,” Hall said, “but there’s no empirical data to support that there’s any health effects.”
While wind turbines are relatively new in Ontario, they’ve been operating in Europe for 20 years, he said.
“There are over 20,000 turbines spinning in Germany, and they have been spinning for a very long time,” Hall said. “I think most of the concerns that are brought up are really more about aesthetics than true health concerns.”
The Aug. 26 public meeting is one of at least two the company will hold as it moves through the provincial approvals process, Hall said.
Green Breeze Energy is the Canadian wind division for Oneworld Energy, a company with turbine projects in Europe.
McGugan said he expects to see more wind farm proposals in his part of Lambton.
“I’ve had three different contacts in the last two weeks from other firms that are in talking,” he said. “They haven’t optioned any land, but they’re certainly looking at optioning land. This is not going to go away.”