The ZEP Wind Farm Ganaraska project will generate clean, renewable energy for the local grid, displacing greenhouse gases, air pollution and toxic wastes produced by traditional energy sources. It's estimated that the wind farm will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 6, 000 homes annually.
In comparison to other forms of electricity generation, wind energy is:
· Renewable, efficient and complementary to other sources of electricity such as hydro, solar and natural gas
· Emission-free, thereby helping to mitigate climate change
· Helping to conserve water resources as water is not consumed in the generation of electricity
· Associated with few environmental effects
As a result, the project will benefit the natural environment in the municipality and province overall while helping Ontario to meet future electricity demand.
Canada’s current installed capacity is just over 8,000 MW, generating the equivalent electricity consumed by an average of 2 million Canadian homes.
Welcome to the project announcements page. The proposed ZEP Wind Farm Ganaraska project is subject to provincial approval under Part V.0.1 of the Environmental Protection Act (O. Reg. 359/09). Under the regulation, the 17.60 megawatt (MW) project is defined as a Class 4 wind facility. The project will consist of nine (9) Senvion (formerly named REpower) MM92 wind turbines, which will have a nameplate capacity of 2.05 MW or 1.88 MW and a hub height of 100 metres. In addition to the wind turbines, the project will also include access roads, an electrical collection system, a substation, and temporary construction facilities. The project is located in the Municipality of Clarington, Ontario near the town of Orono.
If you have any questions or comments please let us know. Contact details are provided on the Contact Us page. If you would like to be added to the project mailing list, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update from Community Liaison Committee Meeting #2
The second Community Liaison Committee meeting was held on May 2, 2017. The meeting was attended by a number of public spectators as well as members of the committee.
Meeting Minutes Download 145 KB
Meeting #2 Presentation Download 1.01 MB
Complaint Resolution Protocol
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Notice of Community Liaison Committee Meeting
A Community Liaison Committee (CLC) meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Orono Arena and Community Centre (2 Princess St, Orono, ON L0B 1M0). For more information about the CLC, please download the notice below.
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The 2016/2017 Community Enhancement Fund Information Package is now available for review.
The Community Enhancement Fund was created during the project planning phase of the Ganaraska Wind Farm with the intent to provide funding for community-based initiatives that will directly benefit and add to the quality of life of the rural residents and community members living and working in the area near our wind farm. Interested applicants are asked to submit the Application Form and Media Consent Form by January 31, 2017. Any inquiries on the Community Enhancement Fund and application process may be directed at Amanda Dillon, Manager, Communication at 416-649-1325 or email@example.com.
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Update from Community Liaison Committee Meeting #1
The first Community Liaison Committee meeting was held on October 25, 2016. The meeting was attended by a number of public spectators as well as members of the committee. The following documents were reviewed and/or approved by the committee.
Community Liaison Committee – Overview and Terms of Reference Download 455 KB
Community Liaison Committee – Complaint Resolution Protocol Download 852 KB
Project Map Download 358 KB
Meeting Minutes Download 164 KB
Meeting #1 Presentation Download 679 KB
Notice of Community Liaison Committee Meeting
A Community Liaison Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday October 25, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Orono Arena and Community Centre located at 2 Princess Street, Orono ON. The meeting is open to the general public for observation. The goal of the CLC will be to update the community on Project milestones, activities, issues, issue resolution and mitigation. If you are interested in asking questions or relaying information about the Project, please submit comments and questions by Tuesday October 18, 2016 and the Project team will answer submitted questions at the meeting. A copy of the notice including Project team contact information is available for download below.
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Community Liaison Committee
November 18, 2015 – The Project team is establishing a Community Liaison Committee (CLC), a forum to exchange ideas, share information and provide regular updates on the Project. If you would like to serve as a member of the CLC, please provide your contact information and a short description of your interest in the Project by December 9, 2015. To learn more about the CLC, please download the notice below.
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Update to Website Documents
Renewable Energy Approval Issued
February 05, 2015 – Please note that upon REA issuance, the following updated reports have been posted to the Documents page of the Project’s website: 1) a revised Design and Operations Report Appendix V Natural Heritage Environmental Effects Monitoring Plan (EEMP), dated October 3rd, including an EEMP confirmation letter from MNRF dated October 31, 2014; 2) the Natural Heritage Records Review, Site Investigation, Evaluation of Significance, and Environmental Impact Study reports have been updated to remove the word “draft” from the report titles. No other changes have been made to these reports.
February 5, 2015 – On January 30, 2015, the project received a Renewable Energy Approval (REA), issued in accordance with Section 47.5 of the Environmental Protection Act. A copy of the REA No. 1426-9RWTSS can be downloaded below.
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Notice of Project Change
December 30, 2014 - Following consultation with the MOECC, the project has been modified to remove two turbine sites (T2 and T7), and is now proposed to include up to nine turbines, and maximum nameplate capacity of 17.60 MW. A Noise Assessment Report was prepared for the project which is available on the project website and demonstrates compliance with the 40 dBA noise limit at all non-participating receptors and vacant lot noise sensitive receptors in the area. The locations for the remaining turbines, and the substation, remain unchanged.
For further information regarding this project change, please see the Modification Report in the documents section of the project website. Moreover, Appendix C of the Modification Report includes the Noise Assessment Report, which has also been posted in the documents section of the project website for direct access.
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Spring 2014 Newsletter
June 16, 2014 (published April 2014) - A newsletter introducing Capstone Infrastructure to the community, and providing an update on the project.
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Notice of Posting to Environmental Registry
January 15, 2014 - A proposal for a Renewable Energy Approval in respect of the Wind Farm Ganaraska project has been posted on the Environmental Registry (
Registry Number: 012-0793) referred to in Section 5 of the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993 and that comments in respect of the proposal may be submitted to the Director. All comments received prior to February 21, 2014 will be considered as part of the decision-making process by the Ministry of the Environment if they are submitted in writing or electronically using the form provided in the Environmental Registry notice.
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New Project Ownership
The project was initially proposed by ZEP Wind Farm Ganaraska, whose parent company was Wind Works Power Corp. In mid-2012, Renewable Energy Developers Inc.(then named Sprott Power Corp.) became involved in the project and have since been responsible for the project design and managing project development. In August 2013, Renewable Energy Developers Inc. acquired a majority interest in the project through a subsidiary and the REA application was assigned to Ganaraska Nominee Ltd. Through the acquisition of Renewable Energy Developers Inc. by Capstone Infrastructure Corporation (“Capstone”) which was finalized on October 1, 2013, Capstone now holds a majority interest in the project.
Presentation from Open House
January 24, 2013 - The final public open house held on January 24, 2013 included a presentation.
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Notice of Final Public Open House
January 21, 2013 - Notice of Final Public Open House scheduled for January 24, 2013 at the Clarke High School.
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Follow up to Questions from Interim Meeting on December 20, 2012
An interim public meeting was held for the proposed project at the Ganaraska Forest Centre on December 20, 2012. Sprott Power Corp. committed to following up with more information in response to the following questions.
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Notice of Relocated Interim Public Meeting
December 14, 2012 - Notice of Relocated Interim Public Meeting scheduled for December 20, 2012 at Ganaraska Forest Centre.
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Notice of Final Public Meeting
November 21, 2012 - Notice of Final Public Meeting scheduled for January 24, 2013 at the Clarke Highschool.
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Notice of Draft Site Plan
October 10, 2012 - A Notice of Draft Site Plan was published for the project on October 10, 2012 in accordance with O. Reg. 359/09. The Draft Site Plan documents are available on the Documents page.
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Notice of Initial Public Meeting
June 21, 2010 - Notice of Initial Public Meeting that was distributed via newspaper, mail, and hand delivery in June 2010.
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In the event of an emergency, please contact our 24-hour toll-free emergency contact number at 1-888-429-4764.
To learn more about the Ganaraska Wind Farm, contact:
Director of Wind Operations – Ontario
Capstone Power Corp.
Phone: (519) 874-1461
For complaints or other comments, questions and concerns, contact:
Capstone Power Corp.
Phone: (416) 649-6101
For media enquiries and investor relations information, contact:
Capstone Infrastructure Corp.
Phone: (416) 649-1325
Capstone Infrastructure Corporation
155 Wellington Street West, Suite 2930
Toronto, ON M5V 3H1