Throughout all stages of development, Kruger Energy consulted residents during twenty or so public meetings held in the host municipalities in order to present the project and gather participants’ comments. The Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE) also held public meetings, while the Commission de protection du territoire agricole du Québec (CPTAQ) examined the project. Kruger Energy made some adjustments to its project during this rigorous process with a view to promoting community acceptance.
The construction of a wind farm is conditional on several significant factors. That is why Kruger Energy has established conditions under which the project can proceed, and which are aimed at preserving communities’ quality of life, protecting the environment and complying with all government requirements.Specifically, the average distance between each wind turbine and the nearest home is 1 km. No wind turbine is less than 750 m from a home in order to uphold Kruger Energy’s commitment to the residents. Consequently, all wind turbines are located well beyond the distances required by some municipalities. Furthermore, the number of wind turbines has been cut from 50 to 44, thus lightening the project’s ecological footprint.