Wind farm construction starting next week

The local landscape will start to change dramatically here in the coming months. 

Schneider Power Inc. an­nounced on May 10 that it has received its building permit to commence construction of the Arthur Wind Farm starting the week of May 24.

The wind farm, located on 348 acres of private farmland on Line 2 between Eliza Street and Sideroad 3, near Arthur, will comprise five wind turbines with a combined generating capacity of 10 megawatts.

During construction of the wind farm, residents may experience temporary traffic delays  as equipment and turbine parts are delivered to the site. Schneider Power has stated it will make every effort to warn residents of coming traffic disruptions so they may plan alternate routes.

Thomas Schneider, president of Schneider Power, said, “We are very excited by this historic moment, as it is the second wind farm to be constructed by our company in Ontario.”

He added, “We would like to thank the community of Arthur and the Township of Wellington North for their continued support of this project; together we are one step closer to a sustainable energy future.”

A press release issued by Schneider Power stressed the company intends to ensure the construction of the Arthur Wind Farm poses as little in­convenience as possible to Ar­thur.

Residents are urged to contact the company at 416-847-3724 if they have a complaint or concern.

Because the construction of a wind farm requires the use of very large equipment and is quite a sight, residents wishing to view the installation are asked to stay a safe distance from construction activities and refrain from entering private property.