Lakeshore Makes The Best Of Province's Decision For More Wind-Turbines

Lakeshore is making the best of the hand it’s been dealt when it comes to new wind-turbines.

Mayor Tom Bain and council rejoiced when the province put the brakes on any new wind-farms in September of last year — but the victory was short-lived after the province approved the now completed Belle River Wind facility.

"Having been told if we weren't in favour of having any further [wind-turbines], they wouldn't be coming our way, it was surprise to suddenly be told that we were getting them," says Bain. "The province overruled us and we had to accept that, we made the best of it."

The town didn't want any new turbines built, but Bain says the project did have a silver lining, more than 235 jobs were created, and a $6-million commitment was made to the town over the next 20-years.

Bain says the company was also willing to make some concessions after residents raised concerns.

"We were able to negotiate some with them, keep them off the lakefront on Lake St. Clair, and also to get them to move some of the wind-turbines away from residential areas," Bain says.

He told AM800 News Lakeshore is still standing by its decision to avoid more wind-power projects in the future.

"Council is going to continue with its stance that we are not a willing host," he says. "We really don't need anymore, we've got close to 140, we've certainly done our share."

The project will also generate royalties and tax-revenue, according to a release by Samsung Renewable Energy.