South Branch Community fund agreement is now in place, and within 60 days, the Municipality of South Dundas should be receiving the first $30,000 cheque for the fund they will distribute.
South Branch Wind Farm officials and interested community members attend the recent council meeting when the funding guidelines were approved by South Dundas council.
The South Branch Community Fund has been established to provide funding to benefit the community near the South Branch Wind Farm.
Through an application process the funds are meant to help promote and/or benefit;
• Public recreational facilities and programs
• Community gathering facilities, events, and related Municipal usage fees
• Educational and job training related to sustainability or renewable energy
• Other community related activities approved by the Municipality of South Dundas.
The South Branch Wind Farm will pay $30,000 into the fund annually for a term of 20 years, starting in 2014 and ending in 2033.
To qualify for funding the facilities or residents must be from within the boundaries outlined in the agreement, which are Irish Headline Road/ County Road 5 to the north, County Road 18, including Matilda Hall in the south, Taylor Road to the west and Heritage Road, including the Dundela rink property in th east.
The fund is intended for community benefit and could help, for example, with community spaces such as the Dixon’s Corners Community Centre, Matilda Hall, Dundela rink and area parks.
Any single release of funds greater than $5,000 requires the approval of EDP Renewables Canada.
The project is owned and operated by South Dundas Wind Farm Limited Partnership, a subsidiary of EDP Renewables Canada Ltd. The project began commercial operations in March 2014. In July and August all of the site restoration work was completed.
South Dundas is awaiting a report from EDP regarding a road use agreement between EDP and North and South Dundas.