By Amy Woolvett
THE COAST GUARD
The Municipality of Shelburne is finally seeing some revenue kick in for its first operational Community Feed-In Tariff (COMFIT) wind turbine.
The small 50-kilowatt wind project, owned by the municipality, is operational in Sandy Point and has seen its first profits.
The quiet and tucked away wind turbine is generating $4-5,000 per month. The municipality is receiving 49.9 cents per kilowatt-hour and expects to generate $15,000 per year.
The wind power generated is fed into Nova Scotia Power and the power company then pays the municipality.
Funding for the project was though the federal gas tax funding put in place to promote infrastructure both beneficial and sustainable to the environment.
It is expected that the province-wide COMFIT program will help Nova Scotia reach its renewable energy goal of 25-percent by 2015 and 40-percent by 2020. The province has aimed for 100 megawatts of electricity to be produced through the COMFIT program.
The municipality was approved by the province to build a much larger feed-in tariff but council has not decide whether to move forward on the project.
“With a bigger turbine you would get a better rate but the capital costs would be much higher,” said CAO of the municipality, Kirk Cox.