TRURO - A 4.8-megawatt wind project in Kemptown received approval under the Nova Scotia Community Feed-in Tariff (COMFIT) program on Monday.
The project is owned by Affinity Renewables, a not-for-profit organization owned by the Nova Scotia Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).
Four other renewable electricity projects in the province also received approval under the COMFIT program.
- Two 800-kilowatt wind projects in Barney's River, Pictou Co., owned by Northumberland Wind Field.
- A four-megawatt wind project in Barrachois, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, and a 2.3-megawatt wind project in Gaetz Brook, Halifax Regional Municipality, owned by Wind4all Communities.
- A 50-kilowatt wind project on the campus of Université Ste-Anne in Church Point, Digby Co.
- A 1.6-megawatt project in Marion Bridge, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, owned by Celtic Current.
The 2010 Renewable Electricity Plan introduced the COMFIT concept to help provide a secure supply of clean energy at stable prices, build community support for renewable energy projects and create jobs.
More than 25 community groups have submitted more than 100 locally based renewable energy development proposals under the program thus far.
COMFIT provides eligible groups an established price per kilowatt hour for projects producing electricity from renewable resources such as wind, biomass, in-stream tidal and run-of-the-river and tidal hydroelectric developments. The feed-in tariff rates were established by the Utility and Review Board in September 2011.
Eligible groups include municipalities, First Nations, co-operatives, universities, community economic development investment funds and not-for-profit groups. The province expects 100 megawatts to be produced through COMFIT.
For more information on the program, visit www.nsrenewables.ca.