Renewable energy developer, Scotian Wind, and project partners have completed the last of their installations, with the erection of three turbines in East Hants near Hardwood Lands, Nova Scotia.
This 6-MW project is the final of four Community Feed-In Tariff (COMFIT) projects that were installed by Scotian Wind this year. This installation brings their fleet of community-scale projects to 39.63 MW in Nova Scotia.
Last week saw the final lift of components to complete the erection of the three turbines at Hardwood Lands. However, work continues on these generators during the next few weeks, as completion of the internal wiring and connection to the grid takes place.
“With the installation of the final turbine on the site at Hardwood Lands, Scotian Wind is thrilled to see the completion of their 2016 projects come to a successful close,” said Scotian Wind President Terry Norman. “These turbines are contracted through the power purchase agreement with Nova Scotia power to generate clean electricity for the next 20 years, at least. So this is just the beginning of the benefit they will generate for Nova Scotians, for the community and for our shareholders.”
All energy generated by these turbines will be consumed locally as it is connected directly to the local electrical distribution network in Elmsdale, and its size is based on the electricity demand of the community.
The turbines stand 150 meters tall at their highest tips. The rotors are 110 meters in diameter. The towers are 95 meters high. These turbines will generate enough renewable electricity to avoid approximately 14,352 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year.
“This installation at Hardwood Lands signals the end of a successful 2016 for us with four new projects standing in communities across Nova Scotia,” said SWEB Development Chief Operating Officer Dan Roscoe. “These four projects bring our total to 12 community-scale wind installations aggregating to a total of 20 wind turbines across the province. We have been especially heartened by the response from the surrounding communities in East Hants from Sipekne’katik to Shubenacadie.”
Scotian Wind and its development partners are committed to maximizing community benefits from their projects. Part of this commitment includes a Community Dividend that will be invested back into the community. Application of these donated funds will be directed by a local Community Liaison Committee.