Wind: Grey Highlands ZEP

Grey Highlands ZEP location
Capstone expects to own a 50% interest in Grey Highlands Zero Emission People project alongside a financial partner.
 

Grey Highlands Zero Emission People 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 3, 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.

 

We are committed to socially and environmentally sustainable practices in every aspect of our business.  Our goal is to foster a positive culture that is respectful of our partners, customers and communities and to maintain open, mutually beneficial relationships with all stakeholders. 

 

Welcome to the project announcements page. The proposed Grey Highlands Zero Emissions People project is subject to provincial approvals under Part V.0.1 of the Environmental Protection Act (O. Reg. 359/09). Stakeholder consultation and keeping the community informed about the project is an important part of the approvals process (the “REA process”). Available below you will find formal project notices that have been published in accordance with the regulation (O. Reg. 359/09) as well as other project updates.

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 cpdev@capstoneinfra.com.

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 Grey Highlands Projects with the intent of providing funding for community-based initiatives that will benefit community members living and working in the area near our projects. Interested applicants are asked to submit the Application Form and Media Consent Form as soon as posisble. Any inquiries on the Community Enhancement Fund and application process may be directed to Emily Abrahams at 416-649-1332 or eabrahams@capstoneinfra.com.

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Notice of Community Liaison Committee Meeting

A Community Liaison Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday February 21, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Osprey Community Hall located at 494196 Grey Road 2, Feversham 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, issue resolution and mitigation. A copy of proposed agenda and the notice including Project team contact information is available for download below.

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Meeting Notice Download 395 KB

 

Community Liaison Committee
December  2016 – The Capstone Power Corp. (Capstone) project team is establishing a joint Community Liaison Committee (CLC) for Grey Highlands Zero Emission People (ZEP) and Grey Highlands Clean Energy Projects. The CLC is a forum to exchange ideas, share information and provide regular updates on the Projects. The CLC is open to local residents and anyone who has an interest in the Projects. 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 Projects to ejaggard@capstoneinfra.com. To learn more about the CLC, please download the notice 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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Renewable Energy Approval Issued
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. 5663-9R9JTB can be downloaded below.

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Update to Website Documents
February 5, 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 Noise Assessment Report (revision 5, 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.

 

Update to Website Documents
June 20, 2014 - Please note a revised file has been uploaded to the Documents page “Design and Operations Report Appendix V Natural Heritage Environmental Effects Monitoring Plan (EEMP), MNR Confirmation Letter”. The recompiled PDF file includes a revised EEMP confirmation letter from MNR dated June 18, 2014. The revised letter replaces the earlier letter dated the January 29, 2014 which included a typographical error. No changes to the EEMP report have been made.


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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Update to Website Documents
April 22, 2014 - Please note a revised file has been uploaded to the Documents page “Natural Heritage Site Investigation Report - Appendices (recompiled Mar 2013).” The recompiled file includes previously omitted field notes.


Update to Website Documents
April 8, 2014 - It was noted that a file link entitled “Natural Heritage Assessment Report” located in the Natural Heritage Reports section of the Documents page was linked to the Heritage Assessment (dated March 29, 2012), which was an older version of the report.  The link has now been removed.  No changes to the Design & Operations Report section has been made, the most recent Heritage Report (dated December 14, 2012 (revised)) is included in Appendix II of the Design & Operations Report.

Notice of Posting to the Environmental Registry
December 20, 2013 - A proposal for a Renewable Energy Approval in respect of the Grey Highlands ZEP project has been posted on the Environmental Registry (www.ebr.gov.on.ca; Registry Number: 012-0683) 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 14, 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 Grey Highlands Zero Emission People Limited Partnership 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 Renewable Energy Approval (“REA”) application was assigned to Grey Highlands (No. 1) 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.


Additional Public Meeting Notice
November 19, 2012 - Notice of Additional Public Meeting scheduled for November 29, 2012 at the Osprey Community Hall.
 
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Notice of Draft Site Plan
September 19, 2012 - A Notice of Draft Site Plan was published for the project on September 19, 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 Final Public Meeting

August 22, 2012 - Notice of Final Public Meeting scheduled for October 25, 2012 at the Osprey Community Hall.
    
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The proposed Grey Highlands Zero Emissions People project is subject to provincial approval under Part V.0.1 of the Environmental Protection Act (O. Reg. 359/09). Under the regulation, the 10 megawatt (MW) project is defined as a Class 4 wind facility. The project will consist of five (5) Senvion (formerly named REpower) MM92 wind turbines, which will have a nameplate capacity of 2.0 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 Grey Highlands, Ontario near the town of McIntyre.


Project location Map - Download -  3726 KB

Renewable Energy Approval No. 5663-9R9JTB Download 118 KB

Reports prepared in support of an application for a REA were completed to satisfy the requirements of O. Reg. 359/09 and can be downloaded below. Other documents and information related to the REA process are also posted here as they become available.

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Renewable Energy Approval Reports

The reports available below include all reports prepared in support of the Renewable Energy Approval application.  
The Ministry of the Environment issued a Renewable Energy Approval for the project in January 2015.

Project Description Report
Overview of the project, including summaries of the environmental impacts that are further investigated
 in the other REA reports prepared in support of the application for a Renewable Energy Approval.
Project Description Report3, 360 KBDownload
Natural Heritage Reports
Delineation and evaluation of natural heritage features, including woodlands, wetlands and
wildlife habitat. Includes a Records Review Report, Site Investigation Report, Evaluation
of Significance Report and Environmental Impact Study Report.
Natural Heritage Records Review Report4,988 KBDownload
Natural Heritage Site Investigation Report - Body2, 543 KBDownload
Natural Heritage Site Investigation Report - Appendices (recompiled March 2013)9,924 KBDownload
Natural Heritage Evaluation of Significance Report3,945 KBDownload
Natural Heritage Environmental Impact Study Report1,080 KBDownload
Natural Heritage Assessment Confirmation for Grey Highlands Zero Emission People Wind Project20 KBDownload
Water Reports
Identifies water bodies in the vicinity of the project location, and potential environmental effects on
 water bodies, as well as associated mitigation measures.
Water Bodies Impact Assessment Report (2013-02-15)2, 028 KBDownload
Water Assessment Report 2013-02-15 - Body3,144 KBDownload
Water Assessment Report 2013-02-15 - Appendices7, 223 KBDownload
Construction Plan Report
Overview of construction activities, their potential environmental impacts and mitigation measures.
Construction Plan Report6,642 KBDownload
Design and Operations Report
Overview of project design and operational impacts, including environmental impacts and mitigation
 measures. Detailed reports included within the appendices include cultural heritage and archaeology
 (Stage1-2), shadow flicker, telecommunications impact, noise impact, and the natural heritage
environmental effects monitoring plan (EEMP).
Design and Operations Report1, 748 KBDownload
Appendix I - Site Plan2, 172 KBDownload
Appendix II - Cultural Heritage Assessment Report - Body4,546 KBDownload
Appendix II - Cultural Heritage Assessment Report - Appendices10,630 KBDownload
Appendix III - Shadow Flicker Report3, 064 KBDownload
Appendix IV - Radar and Communications Impact3, 611 KBDownload
Appendix V - Natural Heritage Environmental Effects Monitoring Plan (EEMP), MNR Confirmation Letter1, 803 KBDownload
Appendix VI - Forms46 KBDownload
Appendix VII - Archaeological Assessment Report4, 441 KBDownload
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport Comments85 KBDownload
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport Approval Letter - March 29, 201222 KBDownload
Noise Impact Assessment Report
Report demonstrating compliance with the provincial 40 dBA noise limit.
Environmental Noise Impact Report - Body2, 939 KBDownload
Environmental Noise Impact Report - Appendices9, 275 KBDownload
Decommissioning Report
Overview of decommissioning activities, their potential environmental impacts and mitigation measures.
Decommissioning Plan Report3, 903 KBDownload
Wind Turbine Specification Report
Wind turbine specification report for the REpower MM92 (Senvion MM92).
Wind Turbine Specification Report (2013-02-15)710 KBDownload
Consultation Report
Details of consultation activities conducted with respect to the project.
Consultation Report - Body to App D3, 367 KBDownload
Consultation Report - App E to G7, 291 KBDownload
Draft Site Plan
A Draft Site Plan was issued in accordance with section 54.1 of the regulation on September 19, 2012. For the
 Notice of Draft Site Plan please refer to the Announcements page.
Crystallization Draft Site Plan Map2,625 KBDownload
Noise Receptor Table Crystalization Sept 17, 2012351 KBDownload
Map Description Crystallization - Sept 17, 2012204 KBDownload
Ontario Energy Board

Grey Highlands Nominee (No.1) Ltd., owner of the Grey Highlands Zero Emission People project, has applied
to the Ontario Energy Board under Section 41(9) of the Electricity Act to determine the location of electricity distribution
facilities within road allowances owned by the Municipality of Grey Highlands. A notice regarding the application, along
with a copy of the Application and Pre-Filed Evidence is accessible below.

Notice of Application137 KBDownload
Application and Pre-Filed Evidence Part 13 MBDownload
Application and Pre-Filed Evidence Part 29 MBDownload
Application and Pre-Filed Evidence Part 33 MBDownload
Post Construction Bird & Bat Mortality Monitoring Results
2016 Fact Sheet164 KBDownload
Post Construction Amphibian Monitoring Results
2016 Fact Sheet102 KBDownload

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 Grey Highlands Zero Emission People project, contact:

John Kirby
Director of Wind Operations – Ontario
Capstone Power Corp.
Email: jkirby@capstoneinfra.com
Phone: (519) 874-1461

For complaints or other comments, questions and concerns, contact:

Erin Jaggard
Environmental Manager
Capstone Power Corp.
Email: ejaggard@capstoneinfra.com
Phone: (416) 649-6101

For media enquiries and investor relations information, contact:

 

Amanda Dillon
Manager, Communications
Capstone Infrastructure Corp.
Email: info@capstoneinfra.com
Phone: (416) 649-1325

 

Capstone Infrastructure Corporation

 

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