Details On Otter Creek Wind Project

Project Manager Mark Weatherill (left) and Director of Project Development Adam Rosso at the Otter Creek Wind Farm office in Wallaceburg. January 30, 2017. (Photo by Natalia Vega)

Details regarding the proposed Otter Creek Wind Farm are being released as Boralex Inc. prepares to submit their REA application.

A second public meeting was held in Wallaceburg Monday night to go over project details.

Director of Project Development Adam Rosso says since the first public meeting, a few changes had been made.

Residents ask questions during the Otter Creek Wind Farm public meeting at the Baldoon Golf and Country Club. July 19, 2016. (Photo by Natalia Vega)

The first Otter Creek Wind Farm public meeting at the Baldoon Golf and Country Club. July 19, 2016. (Photo by Natalia Vega)

First, the number of proposed wind turbines has dropped from about 17 to 12.

“As a result of that decision we believe that having larger, taller turbines with a higher [power] capacity in fewer numbers was better than having more turbines in a less efficient design,” says Rosso.

The German-made turbines are expected to be bigger than those in the North-Kent 1 area. If built, the turbines are expected to have three blades that are about 219 ft long. The concrete foundation is subject to change but at this time it’s expected to be as large as 98 ft in diameter.

From base to tip, the turbines are expected to be approximately 200 m tall, which is about 45 m taller than those in the North-Kent 1.

In the long run, Rosso says the proposed wind farm will hold many benefits for Chatham-Kent, which includes reducing non-renewable energy.

“The Otter Creek Wind Farm is part of the LRP program, which in the province has procured the lowest electricity costs of renewals in history,” says Rosso. “This project will contribute to the overall downward trend of electricity prices in the province.”

Rosso adds the wind farm could have economic benefits, in terms of creating jobs and giving the municipality the opportunity to take part in the project — where they’d be able to collect revenue.

In regards to the proposed locations, turbines would be set up on farm land where they won’t interrupt the surrounding area.

As stated during a media briefing, Boralex is addressing claims made by Water Wells First, that the vibrations from the turbines create turbid well water. Rosso says they’re looking to keep the line of communication open with local residents, whether it’s through public meetings or one-on-one conversations.

An Otter Creek Wind Farm office space is located on Nelson St. in Wallaceburg for those looking to speak with project experts in person. The office is open every Tuesday from 10am-3pm, or by appointment.