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Update Posted: Thursday, 20 January 2011

Ottawa to invest $6.75M over 10 years in Point Tupper Wind Farm

POINT TUPPER — A Point Tupper wind farm that began operating last year will receive about $6.75 million over 10 years from the federal government.

Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Central Nova MP, announced Thursday that $43 million will go to renewable and clean energy projects across Nova Scotia.

The wind farm money will come from the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program. The Point Tupper wind farm is operated by Renewable Energy Services Ltd. Nova Scotia Power has a 49 per cent stake in the farm. The wind farm consists of 11 turbines for a total capacity of 22 megawatts of emissions-free electricity.

“This investment in clean energy technologies stimulates the growth of our domestic clean energy industry, creates high-quality jobs for Nova Scotians and helps to protect and preserve our environment,” MacKay said in a news release. “I’m proud to be a part of a government that continues to make smart investments in clean energy.”

Northern Pulp Corporation’s pulp mill in New Glasgow will receive $28.1 million from the federal pulp and paper green transformation program for three projects that will help the mill reduce odour emissions, increase renewable energy production and improve environmental performance.

As part of the Clean Energy Fund, Nova Scotia Power will receive $8.2 million to support the development of a biomass co-firing project. This project consists of generating clean, renewable electricity from waste wood to displace 10 per cent of the coal currently used in the Nova Scotia power plant in Trenton.

Since 2006, the Ottawa has invested more than $10 billion to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and invest in green infrastructure, energy efficiency, clean energy technologies and the production of cleaner energy and cleaner fuels.