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Wind farm deal reached

CORNWALL – Counties council took little time approving a road use agreement (RUA) to build the controversial mega wind farm project in South Dundas.

With a $1.27 million offering from wind farm developers EDP Renewables in front of them, council was quite agreeable.

The security in the value of $1.27 million would be deposited before construction begins, expected within weeks.

This sum would be used by the counties for any road damage caused by big trucks hauling material and large-scale propeller blades.

A road evaluation would also take place before construction.

EDP Renewables had proposed a RUA last month, but it did not offer any money up front, just a promise it would pay for any remedial work if needed.

Counties council did not like that, and suggested that an arbitrary deposit of money be provided first.

South Dundas Township had agreed to a separate RUA earlier.

The RUA conditions include:

• a 45-year duration,

• county approval to approve transportation and delivery plans of turbine components, as well as construction haul routes,

• approve location of poles and wiring within right-of-way,

• wind farm owner, with a neutral third party, conduct pre and post construciton surveys of infrastructure potentially impacted,

• clarifies how disputes would be rectified if the parties disagree in any terms and conditions of the agreement.

The wind farm project was the subject of opposition in South Dundas.

Last week, South Dundas coulcil rejected a call from a citizens group to declare a moritorium in the township on building a wind farm.

The lead protester against a wind turbine project was disappointed, but not surprised, when South Dundas council voted down her request for a moratorium last Tuesday.

“Council defeated 3-1 my motion to declare SD township ‘not a willing host’,” said Leslie Disheau, head of the South Branch Wind Opposition Group.

Residents have voiced numerous concerns over the 14-turbine development slated for the region, from decreased property values to impacts on bird populations.

Construction on the farm is expected to begin later this summer. The project is slated to generate 30 megawatts of energy annually starting later this year or early 2014.