Wind Wire: Construction picks up in Nova Scotia

CANADA: Wind farm construction in Nova Scotia is in full swing after the financial crisis delayed planned installations and forced the province's investor-owned monopoly utility to step in to rescue some of the projects to whch it awarded contracts in 2008 and expected to have online in 2009.

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The 22.5MW Point Tupper project, made up of 11 Enercon 2.05MW turbines, completed commissioning on August 4. Nova Scotia Power invested C$28 million for a 49% share in the wind farm after its developer, Renewable Energy Services Ltd. (RESL), had difficulty securing financing in the midst of the global credit crisis. The utility also took over the 45MW Nuttby Mountain wind project from Earthfirst Canada, a Calgary developer forced to seek bankruptcy protection in late 2009. Nova Scotia Power's parent company, Emera, bought the 30MW Digby wind project, which was 50% owned by financially troubled Toronto developer SkyPower Corp. Both wind farms are expected to be in service this year, says Patty Faith, the utility's manager of communications. Shear Wind's 60MW Glen Dhu project is under construction and expected to be fully operational in the first quarter of 2011. Only Acciona Energy's 30MW Amherst project has no construction schedule in place, but the company says it remains committed to its completion.

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