South Kent Wind project update from Pattern Energy
Submitted by Pattern Energy
South Kent Wind LP is pleased to announce that the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) issued the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) for the South Kent Wind project on June 15, 2012.
The 270 MW project will create approximately 300 jobs during construction and approximately 20 permanent positions, in addition to contracting the services of many local businesses. South Kent Wind will generate an estimated $800,000 in annual tax revenue, supporting the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and the Lambton-Kent District School Board. In addition, we will be announcing a Community Benefits Program this summer that will support community causes over the life of the project.
Unfortunately, appeals were filed against the issuance of the REA with the Environmental Review Tribunal. A group of residents have appealed on the allegation that some turbines do not meet the property line set back requirements and that the project could harm human health.
The health and safety of the public, landowners, and personnel at our wind projects are of utmost importance to us. The project is in full compliance with all MOE regulations, including property line setbacks. Additionally, numerous studies around the world have examined the relationship between wind turbines and possible health effects and concluded that there is no scientific evidence of any direct causal link between wind turbine noise and adverse health effects. We will be working through the appeal process, which could take up to six months. We expect to be in a position to start full construction before the end of this year or early 2013, dependent on the appeal process.
Commitment up to $2.5 million to protect and improve public safety and user access at Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport
Following the MOE decision to issue approval of the South Kent Wind project, we have agreed to contribute up to $2.5 million for upgrades to the Chatham-Kent airport in response to concerns raised by the Municipality and some airport users that there could be a negative impact on aircraft approach procedures for landing and take-off.
We are pleased to further our partnership with the community and demonstrate our commitment to working closely with community stakeholders and addressing valid concerns. We are focused on building a source of clean energy and investing in the long-term economic health of the community.