Two family-run businesses are teaming up to build Nova Scotia’s largest wind farm, and have recently gained environmental approval and financial support from the province.
The South Canoe Wind Project will consist of a two projects side-by-side, one run by Oxford Frozen Foods (part of the Bragg family companies) and the other run by Minas Basin Pulp and Power (controlled by the Jodrey family). Between 33 and 50 turbines of varying sizes will provide power to roughly 28,000 homes.
These projects and one other were selected out of 19 proposals to supply the province with renewables energy. In 2010, the province of Nova Scotia mandated that 25% of electricity be from renewable sources starting in 2015, increasing to 40% by 2020.
Currently, Nova Scotia generates 316 MW of wind energy, which provides roughly 7% of the province's energy supply. In total, Nova Scotia produced 17.5% of its energy from renewable sources -- wind, biomass, and hydro power.
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