It’s a green energy proposal that has torn apart Perth County communities. Invenergy Canada has a contract to build up to 27 wind turbines in North Perth and Perth East.
Now a Perth-Wellington’s MPP is asking the premier to use her power to intervene.
These wind turbines are meant to be a green energy solution as part of the Conestogo Wind Energy project, but concerned residents say they’ll cause more problems.
Doug Hoshel signed a lease with Invenergy, one that he now wishes he never signed.
“I could use my neighbours a lot more than the money.”
Hoshel won’t say how much money he’s gotten for leasing land to Invenergy to put wind turbines on his property.
At the time he thought green energy could only be a good thing, but the original plan for one turbine on his farm – turned into three – within a 25-acre field.
North Perth Councillor Warren Howard says, the municipal council is unanimously against the project, citing land devaluation and health issues.
“When you start getting turbines close together, the noise and the sound waves from one pass off the second and get amplified “
“There’s one going quite close to Elma Central School where the autistic kids have a special program for them, and the moving shadows and objects and noise are a real problem for autistic kids. They don’t care, they’re just charging forward.” says Howard.
There is strong opposition from many living in the area, some have come together to form the Elma-Mornington concerned citizens group.
Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece says, “There was a survey taken in North Perth about the wind farm and whether residents wanted it around the wind farms, 96% of them came back no they don’t want it there.”
Pettapiece is asking the Premier Wynne to intervene, but she has yet to come forward with any kind of commitment.
“We need to insert more local autonomy into the processes of green energy siting and projects and the minister of energy is working on that as we speak.” says Wynne.
In a statement to CTV, Invenergy says they have consulted extensively with the community in the development of this project, and they will continue to work with the community in addressing concerns and issues.’
Invenergy says it is in the final stage of completing reports for the Ministry of Environment on this proposal if approved, construction for the wind turbines will start next spring.
Hoshel is now opposed to the very proposal he signed up for. He says he would take it all back if he could.
“For me, a dream come true would be this whole thing would just disappear, I’d give my money back that they’d given me.”
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