Summerhaven Wind Project approved by province
Announcement for the 59-unit installation near Jarvis came Friday
By MONTE SONNENBERG, QMI Agency
HALDIMAND COUNTY – An appeal is planned now that the Summerhaven wind turbine project near Jarvis has received provincial approval.
Approval for the 59-unit installation was announced Friday. The next step in the process is a 15-day appeal period. Monday, a representative of Haldimand Wind Concerns said her group is consulting with a lawyer.
“We’ll know more in a few days,” says Betty Ortt of Jarvis, secretary of Haldimand Wind Concerns. “I can’t say anything more than that. The support we need right now is financial.”
Sponsor of the Summerhaven project is NextEra Energy Canada. If the $270 million project moves ahead, turbines will be clustered around Jarvis and Rainham Centre. Josie Hernandez, spokesperson for NextEra, says the industry in Ontario considers an appeal to the Ministry of the Environment to be standard procedure.
“Our approach now is wait-and-see,” she said Monday. “We understand this is something we have to contend with.”
If the turbines arrive, they will not be popular.
Haldimand Wind Concerns and its 200 members have been spreading the word for more than a year that turbines will lower property values, blight the landscape, pose a threat to wildlife and produce power at a price – 13.5 cents per kilowatt hour – that is not conducive to job creation.
“We already have so much excess power,” Ortt said. “We in Ontario already have to pay our neighbours to take our power when we have a surplus. That’s such a waste of ratepayers’ money.”
Jarvis-area Coun. Leroy Bartlett, Ward One’s representative on Haldimand council, confirmed there is stiff opposition to the Summerhaven project. He also confirmed that some landowners are refusing NextEra an easement for transmission lines and may ultimately be forced to co-operate through provincial orders.
“We take legal action if we have to,” Hernandez said. “It’s not something we want to do, but unfortunately it is an option for us.”