Ranking for 2014: 79
Industry Sector: Energy
Specific Sector: Wind
Range: $500,000,000 - $1 billion
Project Value: $550,000,000
Government Funds Involved: N/A
Funding Source: Private
Location: Kincardine, Ontario
Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2015
This wind farm will use 92 turbines to produce 180 MW of energy. The Municipality of Kincardine had raised numerous concerns about the project’s safety, specifically in relation to the proximity of turbines to the Kincardine Airport. The development agreement that resulted has been called state of the art in Ontario, with a generous community benefit package which should be a substantial boon to the municipality. All low-voltage collector lines on private property will be buried where feasible, and a tree preservation and replacement plan is also in effect.
The project survived an appeal to the Environmental Review Tribunal in May 2014 and continues as planned. Construction started in fall 2014 and is expected to wrap up in 2015.