Thanks to Orville Walsh of Prince Edward County for monitoring the approvals and appeals of wind power project applications in Ontario.
Here is his report from yesterday:
The Belle River project (County of Essex, Samsung/Pattern, 44 turbines, 100MW) was approved by the MOECC.
I have not read the REA but the posting on the EBR notes among other things the following which included removal of three (3) turbines, moving some and not allowing erection of 13 turbines until NAV Can agrees with their location. This means 17 of 44 turbines (>38%) were not approved with the issuance of the REA.
Note that since the REA application was deemed complete on July 30, 2015, SP Belle River Wind GP Inc. made changes to the project. The changes included the following:
- removal of T13, T34 and T4 from the project; and
- adjustments to the placement (< 20 m) of T15, T35, T49, T51, T57 and T206 within the existing project location.
not erect T200, T201, T202, T204, T205, T206, T210, T211, T212, T213, T214, T215 and T219 until the company provides confirmation to the Director and District Manager from NAV Canada that NAV Canada no longer objects to the locations of these wind turbines,
Currently only the Fairview project remains unapproved with two other projects yet to submit their applications (North Kent and Henley Inlet).