A wind farm in Orono, in the Municipality of Clarington, has generated a significant amount of controversy. Many residents are concerned about placing a wind farm in the Oak Ridges Moraine, an environmentally sensitive area of land protected by the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan.
The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change approved the wind farm application to help support alternative forms of energy under the Green Energy Act. An appeal was filed against the ZEP Wind Farm Ganaraska project 2015, since many residents were upset about the construction in the Oak Ridges Moraine. Other residents, however, do not see a problem with wind farms being built in their community.
Some feel that residents are upset due to the size of the wind turbines, however, in this article, David Crome, the Clarington director of planning says that that since the wind turbines are so large there are fewer needed.
There are nine wind turbines being constructed, which is expected to produce 17.6 megawatts of power. Faye Langmaid, Clarington’s planning department manager of special projects said that she has not received any complaints since the turbines have been built. Capstone, the company building the wind farm has pledged to donate $25,000 a year for local initiatives in the community while the wind farm is operating. Residents and Capstone will work together to identify areas where the funding could best benefit the community.