There has been a lot of opposition to the Melancthon/Amaranth Wind Farms from people in the area as well as from those who understand the issues caused by these large scale projects. Many people have reported feeling house sick and needing to sell because of the headaches and nashua.
That being said there are over 130 turbines in the Melancthon so it makes sense to tour the area and show you the area at your own convenience but still be informed about what you see.
Back in 2007 the Canadian Hydro Developers (the owners at the time) created a self guided tour with a informative booklet showing the area of the turbines and how they work.
The route described is entirely on public roads. All turbines are owned by Canadian Hydro Developers, Inc. and are located on private property.
To see these turbines start in Shelburne. Drive west on Highway 89 (Main Street)., About 1 kilometer outside of town (from the traffic light at the corner of
Owen Sound and Main Streets), you will see the turbines of the Melancthon
Wind Turbines on your right (northwest). About 6.7 kilometers from the traffic light turn right onto Melancthon 4th Line SW. Take the first right turn on to Melancthon Sideroad 300, pull off the road and stop at 522004.
“THIS IS THE WIND PLANT’S NERVE CENTRE TRANS ALTA MELANCTHON OPERATIONS CENTRE”
To continue on please see their booklet for the details of the tour!
Download tour_guide.pdf (1034.3K)
Here is some history of the Melanchton Wind Project below.
The Melancthon wind facility is Ontario’s first utility-scale wind facility. It is one of the largest wind projects in Canada, with 133 wind turbines producing 200 megawatts of power. The facility is located near Shelburne, Ontario.
Phase I of the project began commercial operation in 2006, with Phase II beginning commercial operation in late 2008.
The Melancthon facility has the capacity to generate 545,000 megawatt hours each year.
The 20-year Renewable Energy Supply contract with the Ontario government creates long-term pricing stability.
TransAlta owns and operates the Melancthon facility through its wholly owned subsidiary Canadian Hydro Developers.
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