Meanwhile, turbines going up on $22-million project

By PAUL MORDEN, The Observer Jan 12 2012

Muddy conditions caused by rain and mild winter temperatures have been a challenge for crews at the Zephyr Farms four-turbine wind project under construction near Watford.

Mississauga-based Green Breeze Energy Inc., began work on the $22-million, 10-MW energy generation project in late 2011 after receiving approval from Ontario’s Environment Ministry.

Brent Hull, vice-president with Green Breeze Energy, said the work has stayed mostly on schedule, even through the wet weather.

“In the beginning, when we were digging the holes for the foundations, they just kept filling up with water because it was raining so much,” he said.

Access roads have been built to the site on Churchill Line, between Ebenezer and Old Walnut Lines in Brooke-Alvinston Township, plus the foundations are now in place and underground wiring for the electricity collector system is nearly complete.

The turbines, made by Samsung of South Korea, are sitting dockside in Windsor waiting to be trucked to the site, Hall said.

“We should begin erecting the week of Jan. 23.”

The 100-metre blades will be trucked to the site from the manufacturer in Arkansas.

“The turbines should be all up and ready to produce power by the end of February,” Hall said.

Some time made be needed after that to test the equipment before it begins generating power, he added.

The ministry’s approval of the wind project has been appealed by the Middlesex-Lambton Wind Action Group. Hearings are set to begin in February but the appeal hasn’t impacted the construction schedule, Hall said.

pmorden@theobserver.ca

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Posted on January 11, 2012, in Green Breeze, Sarnia Observer, Schneider Power, Zephyr ERT, Zephyr Project. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Oh my God. Up and running by the end of February, even with the upcoming appeal. Fast and dirty as usual. Do the wind companies still have police escorting their junk into town? Does the wind company pay for these escorts or is the government again, spending our tax dollars on over priced garbage we don’t want, don’t need, and are not inefficient.
    It doesn’t matter how much money these companies have; sooner than later they will lose. Members of Wind Concerns Ontario will not stop, we will not go away. The nightmare they have given me will soon be their life of hell.
    Shame on every one of them.

    • Should be a police escorting wind companies OUT of town. Like Missisauga wind companies gives a damn about what they do to Brooke-Alvinston residents.

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