Algonquin/Gaia/Windlectric had their first open house last night, Dec 6, 2011, on the Island. I didn’t attend, but I’ve talked to several people who did and they all agreed that it was quite a meeting. Demonstrations, chants, placards. A couple of plainsclothes were on hand, and it was probably just as well. The proponents can no longer claim that their project has “community support”.
I was most interested in finding out if the developers were far enough along that they could show the locations of the turbines, substation and “temporary” dock. They did have maps, which showed 37 turbines spread across the length of the island. But wait, 37 turbines times 2.3mw each (per the latest draft, Nov 2011) is 85.1mw. Since the OPA contract was for 75mw, something is amiss. Either they have to go back to smaller turbines (like 50 1.5’s) or they have to get rid of 5 turbines, or they have to put a current limiter in the substation. So I don’t put a lot of stock in these maps. Still, here they are.
The first map is from the meeting (all of these can be clicked to enlarge). John Harrison superimposed the likely wake zones of the turbines – zones that increase thumping and decrease efficiency. The yellow circle is the temporary dock, while the substation and laydown area are the squares.
The second map is a preliminary noise contour map. Presumably anything in the green areas would be non-compliant with Ontario standards. Unfortunately, there are several non-participants who appear to live within the 40dB circle. I’m not sure what Algonquin plans on doing about them.
This third map shows the locations, as marked on a Google Earth picture of the Island – these are only as close as I could reasonably get them. If anyone wants the kml file with my preliminary coordinates let me know.
UPDATE. There was a second meeting in Bath the next night, Dec 7. The Whig wrote an article about it [backup copy]. Note that they mention 33 turbines which, at 2.3mw, is still one too many. Algonquin is claiming that they value the input of the locals, but I’m pretty sure the “locals” translates to just the participants. Also note that the participants have zero interest in a debate. No surprise there. With their 30 pieces almost in hand, why bother to listen to their neighbors?
UPDATE. The Napanee Guide published the same article as the Whig did.