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Site plan calls for 12 wind turbines north of Wallaceburg

A wind farm proposed for north of Wallaceburg released its site plan last week, giving area residents an idea where wind turbines are scheduled to be located.

The draft site report and the corresponding noise assessment report are full of technical data and are 266 pages long.

According to the draft site plan, the project will include 12 wind turbines.

The Otter Creek wind farm project will now submit an application to the Ministry of Environment for a renewable energy approval (REA).

The Otter Creek Wind Farm project is a partnership among Renewable Energy Systems Canada (RES) and Boralex Inc., as well as Walpole Island First Nations. The project was one of five wind farm projects approved by the province earlier this year.

The project, which would have a generating capacity of up to 50MW, 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.

Of the 12 locations, one wind turbine is proposed to be west of Highway 40. Five are between Highway 40 and Forhan Road. Three are east of Kimball Road and west of Pretty Road. Three more are planned to go just east of Brigden Road

Chatham-Kent gave municipal approval to the project in August 2015. Annual tax revenue to Chatham-Kent is expected to be about $50,000. 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 operational by late 2019.

Ownership of the project has RES with 51 per cent, Boralex with 38.5 per cent and Walpole Island with 10.5 per cent.

Although Walpole Island has a stake in the wind turbine project, the entire project is proposed to be in Chatham-Kent.

The Otter Creek wind farm area is north of Wallaceburg and just below the Lambton County border.

Additional information about the project is available on project website: www.ottercreekwindfarm.ca.

Copies of the Draft Site Plan Report and Noise Assessment Report have also been made available for public review at the Wallaceburg municipal building and at the Wallaceburg library.