Wind farm windfall
Though it may be unpopular with many residents, the Nation Rise Wind Farm is having a positive impact on North Stormont’s coffers.
According to a building department report prepared by the municipality’s Chief Building Official André Brisson for the July 9 regular council meeting, the 30-megawatt EDP Renewables Canada project has contributed $391,666.72 in building permit application income so far in 2019 – or 90 per cent of the township’s total permit income to date.
The combined construction value of Nation Rise’s building permits is $43,657,025, or 75 per cent of the $56,436,594 total construction value through June of this year. The wind farm project, under construction west of Crysler, has also accounted for 32 of the 99 permits issued by the North Stormont building department through the first six months of 2019, or approximately 32 per cent of the year-to-date total.