County moving toward expansion of wind energy project

July 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

PICTOU – County council is moving ahead with its plan to expand the number of wind turbines located at its Riverton site.

During a recent property services meeting, County CAO Brian Cullen said the municipality’s ComFIT application is about 95 per cent complete with just a few technical requirements to be met and a temporary borrowing resolution that needs to be approved.

A tender has been issued for the provision of three 50 kilowatt wind energy turbines to be installed on land owned by the municipality in Riverton. The tender closes Aug. 6 which is also the date of the next council meeting for the Municipality of Pictou County.

“We won’t have to invest as much infrastructure this time because there is already a lot on site,” said Cullen.  The county will debt finance the project.

Three wind turbines are currently being built by Seaforth Energy in Dartmouth in Riverton, behind Valley View Villa and the Riverton Guest Home.

In previous county council meetings, it was stated that one small wind turbine is estimated to cost between $300,000 and $350,000. It guarantees a set rate at which electricity can be sold back to Nova Scotia Power. Net proceeds from the project’s returns cannot be used for general revenue, such as paying electricity bills, but it can be invested or used for sustainable projects.

The tender was for $1.3 million for the three existing turbines and the county was looking at using some of its $2 million in gas tax revenue to help cover the cost. Wind turbines fall within the guidelines in which the gas tax money can be used and this revenue must be spent by March 2014.

County council decided in January to move the project farther west in the field, which would increase the setback from the nearest buildings. The new location is also favourable for wind energy and allows the potential to add up to three additional 50kW turbines for a total of six.  

According to the county’s land use bylaw, wind turbines of less than 50kW require a setback from adjoining property lines equal to one times the height of the tower. The county says the proposed project would exceed the minimum setback by several times the height of the tower.

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