The Snowy Ridge Wind Park 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.
Welcome to the project announcements page. The proposed Snowy Ridge Wind Park 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.
The Complaint Resolution Protocol document is now available.
May 2017 - Please download the PDF below for information on how and where to file any complaints regarding this project.
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The 2017 Community Enhancement Fund Application Package is now available for review.
May 2017– The Community Enhancement Fund was created during the project planning phase of the Snowy Ridge Wind Park 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 email@example.com.
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Community Liaison Committee
December 2016 – The Capstone Power Corp. (Capstone) project team is establishing a joint Community Liaison Committee (CLC) for Snowy Ridge Wind Park and Settlers Landing Wind Park 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the CLC, please download the notice below.
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Notice of Public Information Session
A public information session will be held on Wednesday August 24, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Pontypool Community Centre located at 254 John Street, Pontypool ON. This information session will serve to answer any questions on the minor amendment to the Snowy Ridge Wind Park as well as share information on construction, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of the project. The session is open to local residents and anyone who has interest in the project. A copy of the notice is available for download below.
Amendment to Renewable Energy Approval Issued
May 3, 2016 – On May 2, 2016, an amendment to the REA No. 2543-9TVSLU was issued by the MOECC in respect of the project changes described in detail in the April 14, 2016 Modifications Report. A copy of the Approval is available on the Documents page.
Notice of Project Change
April 21, 2016 - An application has been made to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) to change the project and alter the terms and conditions of the existing REA. The proposed changes are minor, relating to the civil balance of plant to allow for operational flexibility during construction and the electrical balance of plant location to address feedback from the Ministry of Transportation. The locations of the turbines remain unchanged.
The Notice of Proposed Change can be downloaded below. For further information regarding this project change, please see the Modification Report in the “Documents” section of the project website.
Community Liaison Committee
January 14, 2016 – 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 February 15, 2016. To learn more about the CLC, please download the notice below.
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Notice of Commencement of Construction
December 30, 2015 – Construction on the project is planned to begin in January of 2016. For further information, a copy of the notice circulated to residents in the project area is available for download below.
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Renewable Energy Approval Issued
June 25, 2015 – On June 19, 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. 2543-9TVSLU can be downloaded below.
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Update to Website Documents
June 25, 2015 – Please note that upon REA issuance, the following updated report has been posted to the Documents page of the Project’s website: a revised Design and Operations Report Appendix V Natural Heritage Environmental Effects Monitoring Plan (EEMP), dated November 14, 2014, including an EEMP confirmation letter from MNRF dated November 27, 2014.
Notice of Project Change
April 1, 2015 - Following consultation with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change during the REA review process, the proponent has opted to relocate turbine T3 approximately 15m south of its current location to T3 Alt, with corresponding shifts to the locations of the underground electrical collector line leading to the turbine, as well as the turbine crane pad and laydown area. The locations for the remaining turbines, access roads, and the substation, remain unchanged. Additionally, the proponent will use a low noise, high efficiency transformer. As a result of using a low noise design that does not use forced air convection (i.e. fans), the noise barrier previously proposed for the original transformer is no longer required.
For further information regarding this project change, please see the Modification Report in the “Documents” section of the project website. The Modification Report, in addition to outlining the scope of the project change, details all updates made to project documents and reports in support of the REA application as a result of this project change. Attachment E of the Modification Report includes an updated Noise Assessment Report, which has also been posted in the “Documents” section of the project website for direct access.
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Hyperlink Correction – Design and Operations Report, “Appendix I - Site Plan (February 21, 2014)”
January 19, 2015 – Please note that “Appendix I - Site Plan (February 21, 2014)” of the Design & Operations Report as included on the “Documents” tab of this webpage was incorrectly linked to the Draft Site Plan dated October 31, 2012 when the webpage was updated on August 18, 2014. The hyperlink for “Appendix I - Site Plan (February 21, 2014)” has been updated and now points to the final Site Plan which corresponds to the final project layout that was presented to project stakeholders at the Final Public Meeting held on January 10, 2013 (i.e., consisting of five turbines; T1, T2, T3, T5 alt, T4) as well as the balance of the final Renewable Energy Approval application submitted in spring 2013.
Species at Risk and Endangered Species Act Registration Process Summary
October 10, 2014 - Species at Risk surveys were conducted for Snowy Ridge Wind Park in 2011 and 2012. This summary provides a description of the survey methods and results, including species observations, and clarifies the current regulatory process with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry that will be adhered to.
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Responses to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
September 25, 2014 -In an effort to support stakeholders’ participation in the EBR process, Capstone has prepared this FAQ document to help facilitate further understanding of the projects’ impacts. This FAQ addresses the most common concerns and questions that have been raised during the project development process, focusing on questions relating to commercial-scale wind turbines and their impact on human health and safety, property values, the Oak Ridges Moraine, and natural heritage.
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Notice of Posting Hydrogeological Report
August 20, 2014 – A hydrogeological Impact Assessment and Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan Conformity Review was conducted for Settlers Landing and Snowy Ridge Wind Parks. A report summarizing the final results of this work has been posted on the Documents section of the Settlers Landing and Snowy Ridge Wind Parks’ webpages.
Notice of Posting to the Environmental Registry
August 18, 2014 - A proposal for a Renewable Energy Approval in respect of the Snowy Ridge Wind Park project has been posted on the Environmental Registry (www.ebr.gov.on.ca; Registry Number: 012-2430) 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 October 13, 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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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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New Project Ownership
The project was initially proposed by Snowy Ridge Wind Park 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 Snowy Ridge 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 Final Public Open House
January 10, 2013 - The Final Public Open House held on January 10, 2013, included a presentation.
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Project Updates and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
January 4, 2013 - A letter describing project information and reminding people of the Final Public Meeting was distributed via mail and email on January 4, 2013.
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Presentation from Q&A Session
December 13, 2012 - The Q&A Session held on December, 12, 2013 included a presentation.
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Notice of Update to Final Public Meeting
December 6, 2012 - Notice of Final Public Meeting scheduled for January 10, 2013 at the Rolling Hills Public School in Bethany.
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Notice of Draft Site Plan
September 27, 2012 - A Notice of Draft Site Plan was published for the project on September 27, 2012 in accordance with O. Reg. 359/09. The Draft Site Plan documents are available on the Documents page.
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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 Snowy Ridge Wind Park, 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