One industrial-scale wind power project was proposed in 2008 for the Ottawa area, in the south west, beside the villages of North Gower and Richmond. The project was nominally for 10 190-meter or 626-foot 2 megawatt (MW) turbines. The developer was Prowind Canada which is connected with Prowind GmBH of Germany.
Prowind failed to qualify as a proponent for the 2015 bids for large-scale wind power; no other developer appeared to propose a project in the area. Again, this was only for the 2015 contracts; contracts were offered again (in spite of the fact Ontario has a surplus of power, and doesn’t need intermittent, out-of-phase with demand wind power) in 2016. The procurement program is currently on hold.
A map of North Gower shows that, for the project proposed in 2008, hundreds of families were to be within the 2-km Turbine Zone for health effects (research shows that 10-37% of people exposed to the noise and vibration will have effects on their health) and virtually every home within 3.2 km will experience property value loss.
Do the turbines make noise? Journalist Mark Sutcliffe asked a Prowind representative that question in April 2010. Answer: “Of course they do. They’re power plants.”
Do power plants belong right next to homes and a school?
This map shows a 3500-meter range from the turbines. This is equal to the 2 mile-zone we have seen as affecting health and property value in the US.