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Celtic Current approved for wind turbine

PORT HOOD – A new Inverness County-based wind energy company has received approval for its first facility, to be located in Mulgrave.

Celtic Current was recently approved for a community feed-in tariff from the Department of Energy for the 1.99-megawatt wind facility.

With the community’s help, Celtic Current is installing and operating three or four wind turbines throughout northeastern Nova Scotia. Combined, it is expected the turbines will produce approximately 6 megawatts of clean renewable energy. The turbines will be located on individual properties in unpopulated areas and connected to the local electrical distribution system.

Project manager Martha Campbell noted the company has submitted a number of other applications, for areas including Barrachois, Grand Etang, Lingan, Marion Bridge and Point Aconi – and they expect word on them soon.

Celtic Current is completely Nova Scotian owned. It was formed by Zutphen Wind and Celtic Current GP, a community economic development corporation.

“The community response has been excellent,” Campbell said.

The province’s renewable electricity plan sets out a legal requirement for Nova Scotia to produce 25 per cent more renewable energy by 2015.

The feed-in tariff program allows small power producers to receive $0.131 per kilowatt hour for electricity from qualifying renewable resources for a period of 20 years.

Campbell noted that individual investment opportunities in Celtic Current are now available.

There have been two rounds of tariff-approved projects made by the Department of Energy to date.