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Wind farm developer met with protest in Cavan Monaghan– With video

Roughly 200 residents gathered outside the Township offices to protest against proposed five-turbine wind farm

Sarah Frank — My Kawarthas — September 3, 2013

MILLBROOK — Met by an angry crowd and a team of disapproving Cavan Monaghan Township councillors, the developer of a proposed wind farm was sent a clear message on Tuesday (Sept. 3).

In town to make a delegation to the Township regarding a five-turbine wind farm that would overlook the Devil’s Elbow skill hill area and a new subdivision, developer Martin Ince needed a police escort to help him get past nearly 200 people blocking the doors to the building. Inside, councillors voted to set aside $500,000 from lottery reserves in case the Township ends up in court over the issue.

While the Township has identified itself as an unwilling host for a wind farm, the Feed in Tariff (FIT) agreement for the Stoneboat Community Wind Farm project doesn’t need municipal approval. Mr. Ince acquired the FIT contract from the group behind the Whispering Winds wind farm — a contentious wind farm planned for the Manvers area that was eventually dropped.

New legislation created after the FIT was granted now stipulates companies need to build wind farms with approval from host municipalities.

Mr. Ince didn’t say how he acquired the FIT contract but says Whispering Winds representatives have shares the Stoneboat project.

The five industrial wind turbines proposed for the area, which also straddles the City of Kawartha Lakes, can produce up to 10 megawatts of electricity under the contract, which is sold back to the grid at 13.5 cents per kilowatt hour.

In all, the project is expected to cost $30 million with most of the investment carried by banks, Mr. Ince says. He’s also looking for roughly $5 million in community investment, though if there’s no interest he doesn’t plan on canning the project.

He says the project would also include revenue-sharing with the Township and neighbouring landowners. So far, he says he’s made agreements with three landowners.  Read full article, here…..

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