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Port Hawkesbury Paper installs weather towers at proposed wind farm site


February 12, 2021
By P&PC Staff

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Port Hawkesbury Paper (PHP) has funded the installation of two meteorological towers on the proposed project site for 112- megawatt wind farm in Nova Scotia.

PHP first announced in December 2019 that it was conducting due diligence alongside Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) at the site in Guysborough County to see if the project is financially viable.

These two towers will collect vital wind data over the next 12 months, which will serve to verify the wind resource over the project site and facilitate project design in terms of potential turbine distribution and arrangement.

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Positive results from the due diligence process could enable construction to begin in 2022, subject to all appropriate legislative and regulatory requirements.

When built, this project would be the largest wind farm in Nova Scotia and supply green power directly to PHP. Construction of the farm would generate local employment and significant ongoing tax revenues in the province.

Should the project be found viable, it may lead to a CIB investment in the project, subject to all standard due diligence and decision making.

PHP is the largest energy consumer on the Nova Scotia grid, representing 10 per cent of the province’s demands.