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August 19, 2022

Nova Scotia selects five wind projects to supply clean energy

With a combined capacity of 372MW, the wind projects will supply clean energy to the province for a period of 25 years.

The Provincial Government of Nova Scotia , Canada, has finalised five onshore wind projects to deliver clean energy to the province for a period of 25 years.

The five wind projects have a total of 372MW of power generation capacity.

They include the Benjamins Mill Wind Farm located near Falmouth, as well as the Ellershouse III Wind Farm in Hants County, which is being built by a joint venture of Potentia Renewables and Annapolis Valley First Nation.

Elemental Energy ’s Higgins Mountain Wind Farm and Sipekne’katik First Nation’s Wedgeport Wind Farm have also been selected to supply power to Nova Scotia .

SWEB Development and Glooscap First Nation ‘s WEB Weavers Mountain Wind farm, located near Marshy Hope, is the fifth project.

Nova Scotia procurement administrator CustomerFirst Renewables said that the rate base procurement (RBP) portfolio will be equivalent to nearly 12% of Nova Scotia ’s power consumption.

The five onshore projects are majority-owned by one or more of the province’s Mi’kmaw communities and are expected to come online by the end of 2025.

They will each have a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) in place with Nova Scotia Power.

The average energy rate of the RBP portfolio is set at C$53.17 ($40.97) for each megawatt-hour, which is lower than the average cost of electricity in Nova Scotia .

Nova Scotia authorities have also made it mandatory for all the projects to obtain regulatory permits and approvals and an environmental assessment, which will involve holding community consultations.

The Benjamins Mill Wind Farm is majority-owned by Wskijnu’k Mtmo’taqnuow Agency (WMA), which represents all 13 of the province’s Mi’kmaw communities.

WMA will develop the wind farm in collaboration with Natural Forces Development.

WMA president Crystal Nicholas said the project will power around 13,000 homes and create more than 370 jobs, as well as yield around $7m in municipal taxes over the next 25 years.

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