Barrington municipality planning wind power project at landfill site

Published on August 29, 2014

A similar small wind power project was constructed last year for the Municipality of Shelburne in Sandy Point.

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By Greg Bennett

The Municipality of Barrington has plans to construct a small-scale wind turbine at its Construction and Demolition Debris landfill site near Goose Lake.

The project which would fall under the Community Feed-In Tariff (COMFIT) program, would be a single small 50-kilowatt wind turbine, owned by the municipality.

One public information session has already been held on the project. Another is set for Thursday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. in council chambers.

Endurance Wind Power representatives will be on hand to provide information and to answer questions about the project.

A similar generator constructed for the Municipality of Shelburne in Sandy Point was estimated to bring in $15,000 per year. The municipality would receive 49.9 cents per kilowatt-hour generated.

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 is aiming for 100 megawatts of electricity to be produced through the COMFIT program.

A much larger wind project, which falls under the COMFIT program but will be owned by a private company including local shareholders, is still underway in the Atwoods Brook area.

Watts Wind Energy Inc. has already completed tree clearing, roads and foundations for that project.

If all goes well, the 3.2 MW wind turbine would be delivered and installed late fall - early winter.

COMFIT is designed for locally-based renewable electricity projects. To be eligible, the projects must be community-owned and connected at the distribution level.

Barrington Municipal Council has also asked tidal generation experts to examine if the CSI causeway, built in 1949, could be opened to allow water to flow through the passage once again, and generate electricity at the same time.