The proposed wind farm in Gunn’s Hill in Norwich Township has recently got its environmental approval which gives the project a go signal for their construction which could be set as early as July of this year.
Last April 9, the document containing the approval was sent by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change to Prowind Canada – the company that handles the wind farm project. Prowind Canada may begin the process of construction as soon as the time limit for appeal is reached in 15 days.
Juan Anderson, the vice-president of Prowind revealed that their next step would be to wait until the appeal period is over. He also said that the company is prepared in case an appeal comes their way but the company is sure they have followed every step necessary to get the approval of the ministry. He even went on to describe the process as thorough.
The project in Gunn’s Hill was announced last February 2010 and the public were aware of the project intended to be used as a source of renewable energy.
According to Anderson, the company is excited and have been waiting for the approval.
The approval document was lengthy and has 22 pages which contain the conditions set by the ministry. These conditions include monitoring of the natural heritage of the species in the area of construction such as bats and birds, rules for proper water management, noise emissions and the founding of the liaison committee for the community. The entirety of the said document may be viewed at www.ebr.gov.on.ca
After the appeal period is over and no appeals came through, Prowind’s next step is to get permits to start construction from the Township of Norwich. Roads going to the location of the turbines and entrances in the building will be the first project to be built. The proposed wind farm will contain 10 turbines that could generate 18 megawatt. These turbines will be placed in the Middletown Line within Norwich Township which will be covered from Highway 59 to Oriel Line.
Anderson revealed that before the season of fall ends, the turbine may have already been erected.