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Wind turbine project proposed for Brenton

An open house was held at the South Ohio Community Centre on May 5 to provide residents with information on a proposed wind project for Brenton.

Scotian Windfields is looking for investors for the COMFIT project, which would see the installation of a Vestas V100 1.99 MW turbine that would provide enough energy for 580 homes annually.

“We are five or six investors short of the 25 we require,” said Rick Corradini, director of development for the project.

The minimum investment is $100 to become a stakeholder.

COMFIT programs are designed for locally-based renewable electricity projects. To be eligible, the projects must be community-owned and connected at the distribution level.

“Right now our plan is to be under construction for the project by late 2015 and be in operation by early 2106, said Corradini.

The community driven project would direct one per cent of the gross revenue produced by the turbine to a community liaison group for use in community projects.

Environmental requirements must be met in order for the company to obtain a development permit. Public meetings will be held during the process.

Scotian Windfields has three wind turbines operating in the province: Little River Harbour in Argyle municipality, St. Rose and Parker Mountain.

Nova Scotia’s Renewable Electricity Plan, which was implemented to make the province “greener and cleaner,” has resulted in increased activity by businesses seeking to install single wind turbines in rural communities.

The plan supports the federal requirement to dramatically reduce the use of coal. Renewable electricity regulations require a 25 per cent renewable electricity supply by 2015 and 40 per cent by 2020.

The goal is for consumers to become “less dependent on fossil fuels and less vulnerable to global price pressures.”

For more information on the Brenton wind project, visit the Scotian Windfields website, or contact community coordinator Gay Harley by email: gharley@scotianwindfields.ca or phone 1-877-798-5085.