HALDIMAND COUNTY, ON, Sept. 19, 2011 /CNW/ - Haldimand County and a
group of renewable energy companies are pleased to announce a historic
agreement. The agreement between the County and Capital Power
Corporation, Niagara Region Wind Corporation, Pattern Energy and
Samsung is one of the first in the Province of Ontario and a landmark
in the relationship between municipalities and renewable energy
The County recognizes the significant economic benefits these renewable
energy companies are bringing to the local community. This group of
renewable energy companies will inject close to $200 million dollars in
new revenue to the County and its residents over the next two decades
in the form of new tax revenue, land lease payments and through direct
contributions to Haldimand's newly established Community Vibrancy Fund.
The Community Vibrancy Fund will see the renewable energy companies
permitting projects in Haldimand County contribute over $40 million
dollars to benefit the residents of the County over the next two
decades. These funds will be earmarked for Council approved community
related projects and other community needs as determined by Council.
The agreement is subject to Council ratification and the signing of
individual agreements with each proponent.
Additionally, the renewable energy companies have agreed to hire local
suppliers of labor and materials, to the extent available and
competitive for the construction and operation of the projects.
According to Mayor Ken Hewitt, this landmark agreement provides many
benefits to Haldimand County and its residents. He states "it balances
the needs of our residents with the need for prosperity and
sustainability for Haldimand County. This will be good for Haldimand
County's business community and help to create good jobs locally."
Mayor Hewitt stated that all parties "are excited about the future for
renewable energy projects in the area and the positive spin-offs for
Haldimand County CAO, Don Boyle, noted that as part of the agreement,
renewable energy companies will be tendering locally for products and
services. He also stated that "as these green energy projects go
forward, local job fairs will be held to assist both job seekers in
attaining these good jobs and the renewable energy companies to fill
their need for qualified staff. It's a win-win."
SOURCE Haldimand County
For further information:
Haldimand County Media contact
Don Boyle, CAO Haldimand County
905-318-5932 ext. 220
Renewable Energy Companies Media Contact