Wind: Goulais Wind Farm

Capstone’s 49% partner in the Goulais Wind Farm is the Batchewana First Nation.


The Goulais Wind Farm will generate clean, renewable energy for the local grid, displacing greenhouse gases, air pollution and toxic wastes produced by traditional energy sources. 

 

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. 

                    

Our company has sponsored local events and activities, including the annual Goulais River Community Day in 2012 and 2013 and the Batchewana Homecoming festivities in 2012. We have also committed to various community improvement projects, including providing equipment and training for the Goulais and Aweres volunteer fire departments.

 

As the Goulais wind project enters the construction phase, the company will be forming a Community Liaison Committee (CLC).  The CLC is designed to be a forum for community members and other participants, including local municipalities, First Nations communities, government agencies and local community groups to discuss concerns, exchange ideas and share plans and project updates.  The CLC is a requirement of our Renewable Energy Approval.

 

The Goulais Wind Farm is expected to create a total of approximately 50 to 60 local jobs during the construction phase of the project.  Over its estimated 20-year lifespan, Goulais is expected to contribute approximately $1.3 million to local governments in property taxes, thereby helping to fund community services.



Welcome to the project announcements page. The proposed Goulais Wind Farm 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.

Community Liaison Committee
November 2016 – The forth meeting of the Community Liaison Committee will be held on December 6, 2016 from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the Goulais Operations and Maintenance Office, and is open to the general public for viewing. To read more about the CLC Meeting, please download the notice below.

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Presentation             Download       457 KB

Community Liaison Committee
November 2015 – The third meeting of the Community Liaison Committee will be held on December 2, 2015 from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the Goulais Operations and Maintenance Office, and is open to the general public for viewing. To read more about the CLC Meeting, please download the meeting presentation below.

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Community Liaison Committee
February 2015 – The second meeting of the Community Liaison Committee will be held on March 5, 2015 from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the Captain Tilley Community Centre, and is open to the general public for viewing. To read more about the CLC Meeting, please download the notice below.

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Presentation            Download         457 KB

Community Liaison Committee
August 2014 – The first meeting of the Community Liaison Committee will be held on August 13th, 2014 from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Captain Tilley Community Centre, and is open to the general public. To read more about the CLC Meeting, please download the notice below.

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Community Liaison Committee

May 2014 – The Goulais project team is now establishing a Community Liaison Committee (CLC) as 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 May 23, 2014. To read more about the CLC, please download the advertisement below.

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Renewable Energy Approval Issued
October 4, 2013 - The project has received a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) issued in accordance with Section 47.5 of 
the Environmental Protection Act.  A copy of the Renewable Energy Approval No. 3507-9ABJWH can be downloaded below.


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Notice of Posting to Environmental Registry

March 19, 2013 - A proposal for a Renewable Energy Approval in respect of this renewable energy project has been posted on
the Environmental Registry (www.ebr.gov.on.ca; Registry Number: 011-8558) 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
April 25, 2013 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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The proposed Goulais Wind Farm project is subject to provincial approval under Part V.0.1 of the Environmental Protection Act (O. Reg. 359/09). Under the regulation, the 25 megawatt (MW) project is defined as a Class 4 wind facility. The project will consist of eleven (11) Siemens S113-2.3MW wind turbines, which will have a nameplate capacity of 2.3 MW and a hub height of 98.5 metres. Thirteen (13) turbine sites were assessed for the purposes of the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) application, which allows for 11 primary and 2 alternate locations. In addition to the wind turbines, the project will also include unit step-up transformers at the base of each turbine, 34.5 kV collection system consisting of above and below ground electrical collector lines, gravel crane pads, a meteorological (met) tower, gravel turbine access roads, and an electrical substation including a 34.5kV-230kV main power transformer. The Project will be located entirely within the Townships of Pennefather and Aweres, Algoma District, Ontario.

Renewable Energy Approval No. 3507-9ABJWH Download - 3, 969 KB

Amendment to the Renewable Energy Approval No. 3507-9ABJWH Download - 195 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 will also be 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 October 2013.
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 Report2,354 KBDownload
Natural Heritage Reports
Delineation and evaluation of natural heritage features, including woodlands, wetlands and wildlife habitat.
NHA Evaluation of Significance18, 444 KBDownload
NHA Field Notes and Plants13, 460 KBDownload
NHA Records Review1,929 KBDownload
NHA Site Investigation Report18, 582 KBDownload
NHA Environmental Impact Study11,630 KBDownload
NHA Environmental Effects Monitoring Plan3,767 KBDownload
NHA Confirmation Letter and Addendum10,322 KBDownload
NHA Confirmation Letter283 KBDownload
Cultural Heritage and Archaeology Reports
Heritage Report7,662 KBDownload
Stage 1 Archaeological Assessment4,383 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 Body Impact Assessment Report2,324 KBDownload
Water Body Records Review Report4,595 KBDownload
Water Body Site Investigation Report6,682 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 the environmental noise impact assessment,
environmental effects monitoring plan (EEMP), and property line assessment.
Design and Operations Report - Main Body370 KBDownload
Design and Operations Report - Appendix A, B10, 048 KBDownload
Design and Operations Report - Appendix C, D17, 778 KBDownload
Decommissioning Report
Overview of decommissioning activities, their potential environmental impacts and mitigation measures.
Decommissioning Plan Report222 KBDownload
Wind Turbine Specification Reports
Wind turbine specification report for the Siemens S113-2.3MW.
Wind Turbine Specification Report1, 024 KBDownload
Consultation Report
Consultation Report Main Body498 KBDownload
Consultation Report - Appendix A, B, C, D, E1, E25, 773 KBDownload
Consultation Report - Appendix E3, E4, E517, 618 KBDownload
Consultation Report - Appendix F, G6, 702 KBDownload

To learn more about the Goulais Wind Farm, contact:

 

David Eva

Chief Executive Officer

Capstone Power Corp.

T: 416-649-1300

Email: cpdev@capstoneinfra.com

 

For media enquiries and investor relations information, contact:

Amanda Dillon
Manager, Communications
Capstone Infrastructure Corporation
T: 416-649-1325
Email: info@capstoneinfra.com


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