Vineland Power Inc. (VPI) was formed in 2009 by Martin Langbroek, Larry Dykstra and Darrell Boer, residents of Niagara. Vineland Power Inc. has retained IPC Energy Inc. (IPC Energy) to develop the project. IPC Energy has retained Morrison Hershfield Limited to perform the necessary environmental studies and consultation.Project Description: The HAF Wind Energy Project is located in south-western Ontario, in the Township of West Lincoln, in the Niagara Region. Pursuant to the Act and Regulation, the project is considered to be a Class 4 wind facility. This project has a total name plate capacity of approximately 10 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy. All wind turbines are to be placed in open agricultural fields within the required setbacks from residences, natural heritage, water, and other features required under the REA.
The applicant is Niagara Region Wind Corporation, a partnership between Renewable Energy Business (REB) Ltd. and Daniels Property Acquisition Corporation. The total capacity for this project is 230 MW. This 230-MW project will be one of the largest wind power projects in Canada, says a press release. This project spans over West Lincoln, Haldimand and Wainfleet. The Turbines proposed for this are some of the largest turbines installed in North America to date – Enercon E-101 – 3MW Models.
“Smithville is the general location of the project,” said Randi Rahamim. “Obviously, a project of this size will span across a number of properties in Niagara not just in Smithville.”Though the project was approved under the FIT program a number of steps still need to be taken, including a public process. NRWC is pursuing regulatory approvals in order to move the project forward, this includes completion of Ontario’s Renewable Energy Approvals Process which came into effect in 2009. Once the approvals process is complete, NRWC will move into construction which will take about two years, said Rahamim. At that time it will be determined how many turbines will be erected and where.