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$300 million wind farm proposed for Ontario area
A $300 million, 200-megawatt wind farm may come to light in the Saugeen Shores and Kincardine areas as a Toronto company is in the process of acquiring 14,000 acres for that purpose.
By Marie Wilson
Shoreline Beacon
01/13/04

A $300 million, 200-megawatt wind farm may come to light in the Saugeen Shores and Kincardine areas as a Toronto company is in the process of acquiring 14,000 acres for that purpose.
Response from area landowners, who were invited to attend a meeting hosted by Leader Wind Corp. in Brucedale on Jan. 8, has been great said Magaly Bianchini, president of Leader Wind.

" Everyone was very favorable. We havenít had one adverse party come forward yet," she said.

Leader Wind is hoping to lease land in the northern part of Kincardine and the southern part of Saugeen Shores, along the Lake Huron shoreline in the former Bruce and Saugeen Township.
The companyís next step is to meet with landowners to discuss land agreements for a proposed 133 commercial wind turbines. The 117 meter tall turbines will have a capacity between 1.5 and 1.8 megawatts--enough electricity to power 6,700 homes annually. The project would be Ontarioís largest wind farm and one of Canadaís bigger projects.

" This is a major development that we anticipate will be economically beneficial to both ourselves and the surrounding communities," Bianchini said.

No local companies are financially involved in the venture with Leader, but Bianchini said local contractors and laborers will be employed when construction begins.

" Construction is expected to begin ideally in 2005," she said.

With the cap on the current electricity rate of 4.3 cents per kilowatt hour poised to be lifted in April, Bianchini said the timing is right for wind power.

" There are some government incentives for the construction of wind farms and we anticipate the price of electricity will go up," she said.

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