Nova Scotia’s First Wind Farm Opens

A state-of-the-art wind power facility, the largest in Atlantic Canada, opened last week at Pubnico Point in southwest Nova Scotia. Clean and renewable energy is now flowing from Atlantic Wind Power Corporation’s new 30.6 MW wind farm in southwest Nova Scotia, the first such project for the province.

Pubnico Point wind farm was first conceived in 2001. Nova Scotia resident owners of Atlantic Wind Power Corporation spearheaded years of development work to bring the project to a reality. The Government of Canada will provide $8.8 million in funding over 10 years to the $50 million project through the Wind Power Production Initiative (WPPI). “Nova Scotians – and all Canadians – want to protect our environment and address climate change,” said Robert Thibault, Member of Parliament for West Nova. “At the same time, they want our country to lead the world in the development and use of renewable energy technologies. Atlantic Wind Power’s Pubnico facility reflects that desire, and I congratulate all the partners for their vision to lead us into a new era for energy.” The Pubnico Point wind farm consists of seventeen V80 wind turbines (manufactured by Vestas), each with a nameplate generating capacity of 1.8 MW (30.6 MW in total). It is estimated by Atlantic Wind Power that the wind farm will produce 100 million kWh of electricity per year – enough to service up to 13,000 average households. This equates to a reduction of approximately 90,000 tones of carbon dioxide emissions a year. The wind farm is owned by Atlantic Wind Power Corporation Ltd. and certain funds managed by Creststreet Capital of Toronto. The day-to-day operator of the wind farm is also Atlantic Wind Power Corporation. “The Nova Scotia government’s energy strategy, along with Nova Scotia Power’s voluntary efforts to procure renewable energy sources and the diligent work of the Municipality of Argyle, helped open the door for this development,” said Charles Demond, President of the operating company, Pubnico Point Wind Farm Inc., and Vice President of Atlantic Wind Power Corporation.
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