Ranking for 2013: 95
Industry Sector: Energy
Specific Sector: Wind
Range: 0 - $500,000,000
Project Value: $500,000,000
Government Funds Involved:
Funding Source: Private
Location: Haldimand County, Ontario
Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: N/A
The Grand Renewable Energy Park is set to produce 148.6 MW of wind power through 67 turbines, as well as 100 MW of solar power. Turbines and solar panels will be dispersed across southeastern Haldimand County, which borders on Lake Erie and the Grand River. Samsung has agreed upon an equity partnership with the Six Nations of the Grand River. While the development does not fall on reserve lands, it does fall within the larger Haldimand Tract claimed by Six Nations.
However, like most rural wind farm projects, the Grand Renewable Energy Park has drawn complaints from local residents and landowners who fear negative environmental and social impacts. The project received environmental approval last year, but was subsequently appealed to the Environmental Review Tribunal which dismissed the appeals on December 24, 2012. The project began construction in fall 2013.