The public will get a chance to have a say and find more information about a wind turbine project that is proposed for a large swath of land north of Wallaceburg.
The Otter Creek Wind Farm project is a partnership between Renewable Energy Systems Canada (RES) and Boralex Inc., as well as Walpole Island First Nations. The project could include as many as 20 turbines. It was one of five wind farm projects approved by the province earlier this year.
A public meeting is scheduled for July 19 from 5-8 p.m. at the Baldoon Golf and Country Club. No information has been provided about the format of the meeting.
The project is now required to complete the provincial Renewable Energy Approval (REA) process as required by the Ministry of Environment. As part of the application, detailed environment studies will be completed. The studies include assessment of river bodies, woodlands, wetlands, terrestrial and plant species and species at risk. The environmental field work for these studies are expected to be completed this summer.
Site plan and layout options for the project are being developed and will be finalized and presented to the public during the renewable energy approval process.
The proposed Otter Creek wind farm project would have generating capacity of up to 50MW and the project area is bounded by Stewart Line and McCreary Line to the south, Whitebread Line and Kent Line (west of Mandaumin Road) to the north, Mandaumin Road to the east and Payne Road to the west.
Chatham-Kent gave municipal approval to the project in August of 2015. Tax payments to Chatham-Kent from the project are expected to be about $50,000 annually. Chatham-Kent has been granted an option to partner and participate in the project up to 15 per cent of the limited partnership interests following commercial operation.
The project is expected to be up and running by the end of 2019.
The total ownership of the project is as follows: RES 51 per cent, Boralex 38.5 per cent and Walpole Island with 10.5 per cent ownership.
Although Walpole Island has a stake in the wind turbine project, the entire project is proposed to be in Chatham-Kent.
More information can be found at www.ottercreekwindfarm.ca.
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