Port Hawkesbury Paper sister firm pitches Guysborough County wind farm

Port Hawkesbury Paper Wind has submitted a proposal to the province to assemble a 29-turbine wind farm.

The proposed location for the Goose Harbour Lake Wind Farm covers an space of Guysborough County between Lincolnville, N.S., and Mulgrave.

The corporate, a sister agency of Port Hawkesbury Paper, needs clearing work to start this summer time or fall, building to start out subsequent yr and for the generators to be up and working in the summertime of 2025.

The 130.5 megawatts produced on the website would feed into the Nova Scotia Energy transmission system and provide as much as 40 per cent of the mill’s electrical energy wants.

“Wind energy is one instrument of many that may enable the Port Hawkesbury Paper Facility to help the province in proactively pursuing inexperienced vitality sources and assist transfer away from a dependency on electrical energy predominantly generated utilizing coal,” the proposal reads.

A map outlines the project area in red, and the turbine sites with yellow dots.
A map outlines the challenge space in pink, and the turbine websites with yellow dots. (Strum Consulting)

The province has dedicated to a aim of getting 80 per cent of its electrical energy wants equipped by renewable vitality by 2030.

In an environmental evaluation registration doc filed with the Atmosphere Division on Friday, the corporate says the world was chosen as a result of it is likely one of the highest elevations within the county, has sturdy wind assets, is near transmission strains and is at the very least 900 metres from the closest everlasting residence.

There may be additionally a community of roads, as soon as used to reap timber, that will enable easy accessibility to the turbine websites.

PHP Wind estimates the challenge will create 150 non permanent full-time jobs throughout building and as much as 5 everlasting jobs. It should additionally generate property tax revenues of $800,000 per yr for the municipality and $500,000 in land-lease funds to the province yearly, the corporate says.

The challenge would primarily use Crown lands and would function for at least 25 years.

Considerations raised by public

The corporate has already held open homes for the general public about its plans. A few of the issues famous by attendees embrace the visible results and noise from the generators, the impacts on consuming water, wetlands, waterways and wildlife.

Whereas the doc responds to every of those issues, and consists of research and survey outcomes, the report finally concludes the challenge wouldn’t have important antagonistic residual results, and would positively have an effect on the province by a discount of greenhouse gasoline emissions and elevated financial prosperity.

The wind farm proposal is open for public suggestions till Feb. 27.

The setting minister should decide on whether or not to approve the challenge by March 20.