This site contains the project areas and turbine layouts in southern Ontario, along with important conservation areas and transmission lines. When you click below a new window will open and you will see two maps. They are based on Google Maps, so you can zoom in and pan around with your mouse. The left-hand map shows the project areas, which are either based on where the turbines are or on the project study area. When you move the mouse over them their names will appear above the map.
These maps are not authoritative. For reasons that should be obvious Ontario is unwilling to publish this information so I took it upon myself to do so, using the best information I have. Unfortunately I have inadvertently caused some grief for people trying to sell their property in an area where my turbine/project placement caused the buyer to reconsider. Please contact me if my maps are in error, or the status has changed.
When you click in a particular area the individual turbines for that project will be presented in the right-hand map for many of the projects - if you get a "file not found" message I probably haven't located the turbines yet, or turbines aren't involved. Each red circle is one turbine, and the circles have a radius of 550 metres, the Ontario noise setback. The smaller yellow circles have a radius of 10 metres. The Project Status refers not to the status of the project itself, but rather to the status of the picture I'm presenting. There are 5 categories, in increasing accuracy:
For the GA and PA maps, I've spread an appropriate number of turbines evenly through the project area. This gives you a sense of their density. If the circles just meet the turbines are within 1100 metres of each other, and if they overlap they are closer than that. Recall that downwind turbulence is a major sapper of turbine efficiency - to avoid it turbines should be at least 1000 metres apart, preferably 1500 (15 times typical rotor diameter).
When you click on additional project areas their turbines will be added to the bottom map. If you click on a project more than once it will be added again, enhancing the colors. If you want to clear the right-hand map, refresh the entire screen.
UPDATE 2/14/2013 - I've added three fields to the individual project map: # of turbines, capacity in mw, and the developer/owner. Some of that information is speculative, and no doubt some of it is just plain incorrect. Please help all of us by emailing me with corrections. Thanks.
UPDATE 11/16/2013 - A few projects have been abandoned. They are shown in black on the left-hand map. Wind projects seem to share many characteristics with zombies, so the projects themselves will be left on the maps.
I'll be working on improving the presentation as well as adding projects as I get the time. If you have requests, either for new/better functions, or something that doesn't work, or adding/correcting the project information please send me an email and let me know. Thanks for looking. And don't forget my other sites, Wind Farm Realities and Amherst Island Wind Info.
I've starting adding the offshore projects, mostly to show a little of what is in store if the moratorium is ever lifted. The placement and size of most of these is speculative, based on what little information I can find. Any updates additions etc would be appreciated. Ontario has also alloted additional sections of the lakebeds that I'm not showing for more wind projects. Imagine a 20 km thick area located 5 km offshore running along maybe 80% of the shores of Huron, Erie and Ontario.
Below is the current list of southern Ontario counties that I intend to include on this site. If you know of any additional activity in any of these please let me know. There's a feeding frenzy going on and keeping up with it is impossible.
I also have a list of projects (shown below) that exist, but about which I am unable to find out very much - at least not enough for me to place them on the map. If you know of anything about the location of the following projects, or have a link to more information, again please let me know.
|Colchester||Eirin||Grey Highlands Clean Energy||Lakeside Breezes||Lucan|
|Oakland||Pioneer||Proof Line II||Seaforth||Shiloh|
|Skyway 127||Teviotdale||Walker Marsh||Wardsville||Weber|