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fying the agreement with the province, the company’s next move will be another set of meetings with township council and local stakeholders. «We’ll be sitting down with them on the permitting phase of the project,» Thornton said, «to make sure things are all done cor- rectly.» The Pendleton solar farm project calls for an array of solar panels on a 140-acre private parcel of land located about five kilometres west of the Village of Curran, at the southeast corner of County Roads 2 and 19. Upon completion it will generate 14 megawatts of electricity for sale to the provincial power grid. The company’s application for a provin- cial power supply contract included a com- munity benefit agreement for Alfred-Planta- genet Township, valued at almost $500,000 over the 20-year term of the project. That is in addition to the annual increased property

The light is green so far for a proposed solar farm project in the Pendleton area of Alfred-Plantagenet Township. But there is still more work ahead before the panels go up. The Independent Electricity SystemOp- erator (IESO) recently announced approvals for 16 contract offers from the provincial government to proponents of alternate en- ergy projects under the Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) program. One of those “green energy” endeavours is the Pendleton Solar Energy Centre proposal of EDF EN Canada Development Inc. Company spokes- man David Thornton expressed cautious optimismabout the announcement during a phone interview. «We’re reviewing details of the contract now,» saidThornton, adding that after rati-

The future seems bright for a solar farm project proposed for Alfred-Plantagenet Township. EDF ENCanada has received provincial approval for its Pendleton Solar Energy Centre. The project still has several more phases of planning and public consultation to undergo before groundbreaking and construction starts. —photo EDF EN Canada

tax value for the township, the counties, and the school districts once the solar farm site is developed.The project is expected to provide 100 construction jobs when actual installation begins, with potential service and supply benefits for local businesses. Thornton said the project still has several

more planning phases before actual con- struction and operation of the solar panels take place. But he expressed optimismabout the future of the project. «It’s a good feeling for us,» he said. «We wouldn’t have been successful without the support of council and the community.»

Counties plan for electric cars The electric car, or its hybrid cousin, is showing up more and more on city streets and even in com- munities outside of major metropolitan areas. In Prescott-Russell, several communities have at least one charging station available, through local business sponsorship, to service electrics running low on power. Now the United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) office in L’Orignal may soon become a charging station stop for electric vehicles. UCPR Public Works Director Marc Clermont is finishing up the paperwork for an application to the Electric Vehicles Chargers Ontario program (EVCO) for a grant to cover all of the cost for setting up a charging station outside of the counties office building on Court Street. The station would have both a level 2 standard charger and a level 3 «quick charge» unit. One condition of the grant would require the counties office maintain a five-year record of charge station use. – Gregg Chamberlain

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