Two wind farms pitched for Hants County are among the 14 Community Feed-In Tariff (COMFIT) projects that are set to enter the next phase of development.
"This is the first step towards Nova Scotia communities, families and businesses benefiting from projects that will produce an abundance of clean, renewable energy. This is energy that will be used in our communities, by our communities, for years to come," said Energy Minister Andrew Younger in a press release announcing the approval of COMFIT projects throughout the province.
Younger noted that the next phase in the development could mean “environmental assessments, an archaeological resource impact assessment and a Mi'kmaq ecological knowledge study, as well as community discussions.”
The list of approved COMFIT projects includes wind farms ScotianWindFields Inc., a company partnering with Scotian Wind Inc., and WEB Wind Energy North America Inc., is proposing for the Walton and Hardwood Landsareas.
ScotianWindfields COO Dan Roscoe says both projects are in the preliminary stages, and public meetings will be held for each in 2014.
“Neither one of these projects will be built until 2015, so it’s still early days of environmental work and wind energy testing and so forth,” he said.
Roscoe said the two-megawatt project in Walton would require one turbine on a parcel of land that may be located in East Hants or West Hants, while the six-megawatt venture in Hardwood Lands, near Milford, calls for three turbines.
“We’re still nailing down the exact locations of turbines.”
ScotianWindfields recently received environmental approval for the two-turbine, four-megawatt Nine Mile River Community Wind Project, which has been cleared for construction in the spring.
Roscoe says the conditions are right for wind energy in Hants County.
“There’s a good wind resource in Hants County. There’s a good mix of demand for energy and appropriate location for wind development.”
The company is also in the process of trying to secure a development agreement with the Municipality of West Hants for the Martock Ridge Community Wind Project in Three Mile Plains.
A pubic information session regarding the Martock Ridge project will be held at the Three Mile Plains Community Hall Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.