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.