The Ontario government is proposing new regulations that would keep wind turbines at least 550 metres away from any house.
The province wants that minimum distance, or “setback,” to be mandatory for wind developers who install one to five turbines emitting the lowest allowable noise level.
Greater distances would be required for larger groups of turbines.
The setbacks are twice as big as what industry officials were expecting. For 15 turbines, for instance, the distance from the nearest house could be 1.5 km, depending on the noise level.
See also Ministry of the Environment