Wind power production increasing in Inverness County
-by John Gillis
Raising the tower by crane.
If you have been driving towards Inverness on Route 19 recently and noticed a new wind tower on Cape Mabou from Hawley’s Hill, you are not imagining things.
Cape Mabou is one of three new locations for wind towers being built for Black River Wind Power.
Black River Wind Power is a company that has been around for a few years, and it’s owned by Neal Livingston of Black River, Peggy Cameron of Nova Scotia and Glen Estill of Ontario.
“It’s a $15 million project. This project was ten years in the works with much of the effort focused on securing the financing,” Livingston told The Oran this week.
In addition to the turbine on Cape Mabou, one is being built at Creignish Rear and another at Irish Mountain near New Glasgow. The company has a contract to sell the electricity generated to Nova Scotia Power.
Each of the three Enercon E-82 wind towers is 1950 kilowatts.
The Cape Mabou tower is on Crown land and is being leased to the wind power company. The company recently made improvements to the Cape Mabou Road with the help of local contractors.
The Cape Mabou wind tower is 78 metres high. The blades are 40 metres in length and are heated to ensure better performance in winter.
The technology for these turbines has improved significantly in recent years according to Livingston who has been a producer of hydro power in Nova Scotia since the early to mid-1980s.
About sixty truck loads of concrete went into construction of the base recently. Cranes are currently on-site, and a crew is assembling the components of the Cape Mabou tower which also includes an elevator.
Enercon is building the project. Enercon has about sixty people working for them in Nova Scotia. Their national maintenance headquarters is in Dartmouth, N.S., a testament to the growth of the wind energy business in Atlantic Canada.
“It will help give Inverness County one of the greenest energy footprints anywhere,” says Livingston.
Walker Electric of Judique has a contract for this project, and Livingston says many local trades persons are employed now in the growing wind power industry.
Ribbon cutting for the official opening locally is set for Thursday, September 26th at 2:30 p.m. at Cape Mabou with music and a celebration set for the former Strathlorne Hall that same evening.
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