Construction underway on Harrow wind farm
The $82-million AIM Harrow Wind Farm will include 24 turbines each 120 metres tall and with blades 47 metres long. Together, they're expected to generate enough electricity to power 350,000 homes, according to Paul Robinson, the construction site manager.
The project is slated to be complete by the middle of May, with a "target date for completion in putting power back into the grid [at] the end of June," said Robinson.
But some nearby residents doubt it will be that easy to get the project up and running.
"It's an incredibly unreliable intermittent source of energy," local resident Colette McLean told CBC News. "Because of that we have to rely on — guess what? — fossil fuel generators for backup.
"It's my health, my family's health, the viability of our farm, the value of our farm," said McLean, whose farm on Gore Road is next door to the new farm. "That's everything to me.
"Everything my husband, and my son and I have worked for, it's going to be gone," she said.
Robinson argues that wind farms "are kind of pleasing to the eye," and says "there's no impact on the area that would be detrimental" to local residents.
"I mean, I have not seen anything that can confirm that that's what's really happening out there," said Robinson. "It's good, clean power."