The Ministry’s conditions include requiring the company to develop the plant within three years of the date of the approval in compliance with the specified terms and conditions; conduct an acoustic emission audit; and implement pre and post construction Natural Heritage monitoring program are among others.

Spread across 46,000 acres of land in Bruce County in the municipality of Kincardine, the project, owned by affiliates of Pattern Renewable Holdings Canada and Samsung Renewable Energy, will feature 92 Siemens turbines and associated transmission infrastructure.

Once up and running by 2015, the project will generate enough electricity to power around 50,000 local homes annually and reduce 675,000 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.

The project will pay $10m in property taxes over a 20-year contract term and create 200 construction jobs and 15 fulltime jobs for operations, significantly boosting the local economy.