ELMIRA – Plans for a new 25- to 50-megawatt wind farm were unveiled at an open house here this week by Netherlands-owned P.E.I. Green Energy Ltd. as part of environmental studies now underway.
People from the community drifted in and out, taking a look at exactly where this latest wind farm proposal is headed and just how close it will come to them.
The proposed site is located about dead centre between Munns Road and the Elmira Road, approximately 10 km west of the existing Eastern Kings Wind Farm.
It will be privately owned by partners Gerard Kemperman and Arjan Stutvoet, who are also proposing a wind farm at Augustine Cove and are involved in numerous wind power projects in Europe and Asia.
Depending on the choice of turbine used, the Elmira site would produce between 25 and 50 megawatts using either 10 Vestas V90s windmills, which are in use at the Eastern Kings site, or smaller, quieter turbines called Enerxon E82s.
Environmental studies are being conducted by Frontier Power Systems’ Carl Brothers. Public meetings and complete engineering specs will be completed by May 2009 and final approval of environmental assessments by July of the same year. If all goes according to plan, the project is expected to be finished and commissioned by July 2010.
Public interest at the open house was geared towards the standard concerns about noise and the transmission power line that would run through Elmira.
Charlie MacDonald, a Bothwell-area resident, said there has been some unease about the electrical impulses coming off a large line like that, and there was also some concern abut noise that people close to the existing Eastern Kings site have experienced.
“I am certainly not opposing a new wind farm, but like many others, I am just concerned and looking for information and seeing what will take place,” he said.
If it goes ahead, this wind farm will not have an Island-wide opportunity for investment attached to it like the Eastern Kings project did.
However, Kemperman said they will be looking at some possible investment options for people in the local area.
“Because we understand that some of the project has to go back to the community,” he said.
19 June 2008
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