Wind turbines created a constant hum in the background as dignitaries sat under canvas on a wind and rainswept headland for yesterday’s official commissioning of the Glace Bay Wind Farm.
Nine units dot the coastline near the Nova Scotia Power Inc. Lingan generating station, producing 42 gigawatt hours of electricity annually, enough energy to power about 6,000 homes.
Cape Breton Wind Power Ltd. CFO Luciano Lisi described the company’s efforts as a small, but important step toward integrating renewable energy into the existing mix of power generation. The wind farm was also completed on budget and on time, he added.
In another five years, nearly 20 per cent of all electricity consumed will come from green sources like wind, Premier Rodney MacDonald said.
“That’s equivalent to 100,000 more homes running on renewable energy,” he said, adding the province has the policy, the wind resource and the people to create a green economy.
“The future of power is renewable energy, whether it is wind, tidal or biomass,” the premier said.
Nova Scotia has more windgenerated electricity on the ground than any other Atlantic province and more will be added, said NSPI president and CEO Ralph Tedesco. “Not only is it helping us clean the environment and produce renewable, clean energy, it is also helping control our costs,” Tedesco said.
Lingan generating station is one of the largest plants in Canada, producing the equivalent of one million horsepower. To generate that kind of energy using wind, it would take about 1,200 turbines, he explained.
“Cape Breton Power is a great project, a successful project entirely conceived in Cape Breton, built by Cape Bretoners,” Lisi said. He alluded to plans for a “much bigger, more ambitious project” with an announcement in the fall once the details and financing are in place. – Cape Breton Post
18 August 2007
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