Scotian WindFields Inc. to promote community wind project at open house meeting in Baddeck

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

 

Scotian WindFields Inc. will promote their Victoria County wind turbine project at a community Open House in Baddeck on May 28. Individuals in attendance will have the opportunity to participate in an information session. The goal of the meeting is to answer any questions residents in the area have about the project.

Scotian WindFields received provincial approval for their single turbine project under the Community Feed-In-Tariff program. Under this program community-owned projects are approved to sell power to Nova Scotia Power and distribute that energy directly through the local grid.

Scotian WindFields will soon begin testing the wind in the Bucklaw location to validate the potential for wind energy development at that site. The project is in the preliminary stages of assessment and study. Public consultation is a part of the long-term process of erecting the local turbine. Construction could begin in 2013 at the earliest.

Renewable energy projects like this one help Victoria County play its part in meeting the greenhouse gas targets that have been set by the provincial government. More wind energy projects mean less dependence on imported fossil fuels.

“This project is one of a number of approved Community Feed-In-Tariff projects for Scotian WindFields throughout the province,” Dan Roscoe, Chief Operating Officer explained. “We are keen to meet with folks from Victoria County to talk about the process and hear their input.”

“As a community-owned company, Scotian WindFields takes its community commitment seriously and intends to bring tangible benefits to Victoria County in the form of a Community Dividend,” Roscoe continued. “We have made a corporate commitment to dedicate 1% of gross revenue to Victoria County community projects. I hope folks will come to the open house to learn more about the benefits and opportunities for local ownership.”

The Open House will take place at the Bras d’Or Yacht Club in Baddeck on May 28 at 7pm. The Open House follows a presentation to Victoria County Council by Chief Operating Officer, Dan Roscoe earlier in the day. Visuals and informative handouts will be available to those in attendance.