[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Cheticamp wind project gets go-ahead  

Credit:  www.ocean-resources.com 1 March 2012 ~~

CHETICAMP – Cheticamp is the latest Cape Breton community to get provincial approval for a renewable energy project.

Five projects were announced Monday by the Department of Energy. Along with Cheticamp’s 0.9-megawatt wind project, wind projects in the latest round of Community-Feed-In Tariff approvals include a 1.99-megawatt project in Wedgeport, near Yarmouth, a 2.0-megawatt project in Bayswater, near Chester, a 4.6-megawatt project on Lake Major Road in North Preston, and a 50-kilowatt project at the Spiddle Hill Wind Farm, near Tatamagouche.
But there’s plenty of work to be done before a wind turbine produces any electricity for Cheticamp and Inverness County, says Martha Campbell, project manager for Celtic Current, which owns the project along with Dutch company Zutphen Wind.

“We have to put up a metering tower and monitor the wind for a year,” she said. “Work on that is going to start within the next two weeks.”

The reason for a wind metering tower, she said, is to satisfy the wind turbine supplier that the correct turbine will be used on the project. With that out of the way, a wind turbine will be selected, shipped to the site and up and running within two months of its arrival.

Other Cape Breton projects proposed by Celtic Currents include sites in Barrachois, Lingan, Marion Bridge and Point Aconi, all in co-ordination with the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. A 2.0-megawatt Celtic Current project in Mulgrave has already received provincial approval.

“The Cheticamp site is 900 kilowatts, but all the other sites are 2.0 megawatts,” said Campbell, adding there will be little difference in how each site looks, regardless of output. “There is just one machine on site; it’s not like a big wind farm. And it will be 51 per cent owned by the community, so we will be selling shares in it.”

Through the Community-Feed-In Tariff, she said, Celtic Currents has a 20-year power purchase agreement with Nova Scotia Power, whereby the electricity produced by the turbine is dumped into the power company’s distribution line.

On Feb. 14, Energy Minister Charlie Parker announced a 5.4-megawatt wind project, jointly owned by Cape Breton University and Cape Breton Explorations Ltd., near Sydney. Also in that round of approved projects was a 3.5-kilowatt wind project owned by the Lemoine Development Association, the harbour authority of Grand Etang and SuGen Research Inc. in Grand Etang, Inverness Co.

Each week, the Department of Energy announces a new round of approvals under the Community-Feed-In Tariff program. Applicants can contact the program administrator at comfit@gov.ns.ca to discuss projects.

For more information on the program and to apply, visit www.nsrenewables.ca.

Source:  www.ocean-resources.com 1 March 2012

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.