First monthly open house held on Nation Rise Wind Farm

EDP Renewables held the first of the monthly open houses on its Nation Rise Wind Farm project on Thursday, July 4.

A resident speaks with EDP representative Nathan Roscoe at the first monthly open house on the Nation Rise Windfarm project on Thursday July 4, 2019 in Crysler, Ont. Alan S. Hale/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network Alan S. Hale / Alan S. Hale/Standard-Freeholder

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CRYSLER — EDP Renewables held the first of the monthly open houses on its Nation Rise Wind Farm project on Thursday.

A steady trickle of residents from North Stormont came in to look at the information placards and ask the various project leads questions about the work that is expected to take place over the next several months before the windmills are ready for commercial use this winter.

The open houses were the result of a recommendation made by the project’s community liaison committee, which met last month and felt there should be a regular way for those impacted by the project to meet with the company and ask questions or voice concerns.

“We’ve had some questions tonight, especially about public right-of-ways. We are doing some surveying that shows the extent of the public right-of-way, so we have surveyors go out to show where the county lines meet private boundaries,” said Ken Little, director of EDP Renewables.

“Between there and the road, in some instances, we are putting in an underground collection cable, which means we will be drilling underneath driveways. So there have been some questions about that.”

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The open houses are tentatively set for the first Thursday of every month until the project is complete, although Little said they are still open to suggestions about the scheduling and location to make it easier for people to participate.

EDP and its contractors have spent the past two-to-three weeks focused mostly on installing access roads around the area where the windmills will be built.

“Right now, we have only been working on one excavation for a turbine foundation, but that work will begin to pick up more over the next few weeks,” said Little.

Some preliminary work is also being done on the future location of the substation where all the electricity generated from the windmills will be collected and brought up to a proper voltage so it can be introduced into the Hydro One network.

For anyone who wishes to keep closer tabs on what work is being done on the project, Little invites them to go to the Nation Rise project’s website where there is a two-day work forecast to help keep up to date.

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