Community Wind Development in Northeastern Nova Scotia

Projects

There are several key aspects to developing a wind power project. These include but are not limited to site analysis, technical studies, permitting, construction and financing. Zutphen Wind Inc. has been hired to bring the projects to full operation and provide day to day operations of the wind turbines when they are in full operation.

  • The sites were chosen based upon the anticipated annual wind speed at 80 meters, the proximity to the 3 phase power lines, the distance from the nearest substation, site accessibility and ease of construction.
  • Energy produced will be sold into the power grid at the distribution level.

STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION

As part of the development and approval process, Celtic Current will consult with the Community and First Nations throughout the entire development process to work with and address all stakeholder concerns.

ENVIRONMENTAL & WILDLIFE ASSESSMENT

Another important aspect to the development and approval process is the evaluation of the potential impact of the proposed wind project on the local environment and wildlife. Specifically, the typical field studies and assessments conducted include:

  • Avian Impact Assessments
  • Bat Impact Assessments
  • Mainland Moose Study
  • Archaeology Assessments
  • Mi’kmaq Ecological Knowledge Studies and Assessments
  • Noise Impact Assessments
  • Shadow Flicker Assessments
  • Visual Impact Assessments
  • Electromagnetic Interference Assessments

ENGINEERING FIELD STUDIES

Wind monitoring is one of the critical phases to the development of a wind project. A meteorological tower is erected to measure the wind speed and wind direction at different elevations using several anemometers and wind vanes. A 60m meteorological tower was installed on the site in April 2012. Celtic Current will collect the data for a minimum of one year. Prior to construction, a geotechnical analysis will be undertaken to evaluate ground conditions for road and foundation design.

WIND TURBINE SELECTION

Once the wind data has been collected for at least one year, it will be compared with local long term data from Environment Canada to estimate the average wind speed at the site over the life of the project of 20 years or more. Using this information, different wind turbine models with varying hub heights and rotor diameters will be compared to select the best wind turbine for the site.

 

More: Information about Nova Scotia’s renewable energy plan and COMFIT