Melvin Lake Wind

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Melvin Lake Wind has a capacity of up to 80 megawatts of clean renewable energy. Power from the site will help meet the Nova Scotia goal to close all coal-fired power plants by 2030. Community Wind, a renewable energy company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is working with ABO Wind to develop and manage the project.

Much of the construction will be done by local businesses. The project will require hundreds of workers during construction and for ongoing maintenance.

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September 2021: Open House on September 15, 2021

Please join us at the Open House to learn more about the proposed Melvin Lake Wind Project:

Wednesday, September 15, 7 pm to 9 pm
Upper Hammonds Plains Community Centre, 711 Pockwock Rd.

Meet the partners – Nova Scotia company Community Wind and international renewable energy experts ABO Wind Canada. Learn more about the construction schedule and process, how the turbines will look and sound, and about environmental studies underway. Hear about opportunities and provide your input on how to use a community benefit fund from the project.

Download Open House invitation

 


Posters from our Open House

Please click on an image to see a larger version. 
You will find a pdf version under Download.

Welcome
Why Wind Energy Works
What will the turbines look like? (Poster 1)
What will the turbines look like? (Poster 2)
What will the turbines look like? (Poster 3)
What will the turbines look like? (Poster 4)
Will the Project affect the environment? (Poster 1)
Will the Project affect the environment? (Poster 2)
Sound
How long will it take to complete the wind farm?
Community Benefits (Poster 1)
Community Benefits (Poster 2)
Who is planning the wind farm?

 

 

Project information

Site Location

Wind turbines will be on Crown Land and private land, just south of Highway 101 and west of Pockwock Lake. The map shows preliminary placement of turbines.

 

Please see the following map with the preliminary layout for the proposed wind project.

 

Please see the following map with the preliminary layout and Crown Land for the proposed wind project.

 

Visualizations

These photos were taken from various locations facing the position of the turbines. We inserted wind turbines into the photos, so you can see how it will look.

We provided pdf files with more information in the Download section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule

 

Schedule

Schedule is preliminary and is subject to change

Community Benefits

The Project Partners

ABO Wind Canada

ABO Wind is a renewable energy company developing projects in 16 countries. It was founded in Germany in 1996 and has grown to be one of Europe’s leading developers with over 3,600 MW of developed capacity.

The company’s business focuses on planning, financing, and managing wind farms, solar farms and hybrid energy systems. We are currently working on the development of new projects with a total capacity of about fifteen gigawatts, exceeding the capacity of four average nuclear power plants. ABO Wind employs over 800 people, including seven staff based in Calgary.

Community Wind

Community Wind Farms Inc. works with local, national and international partners to help communities develop renewable energy.

Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the company works to develop the excellent wind resources of Atlantic Canada for the benefit of local landowners and communities, and to bring stability to electricity consumers across the region.

Community Wind has more than a decade of experience building wind farms with municipalities, local community groups and First Nations across Atlantic Canada.

 

Q&A

Feedback and Questions after the Open House

Q: What are some ways this Project can provide a benefit to the community?

A: This Project will help Nova Scotia achieve its goal to close coal-fired power stations by 2030. With a great wind resource, our province can provide a highly competitive low carbon option compared to traditional non-renewable resources.

Electricity generated from the Project will feed into local transmission lines, providing renewable energy to homes and businesses within the area.

One financial benefit to the community is support for municipal services as the Project would pay a substantial amount in property taxes. For instance, a project with 16 turbines and a generating capacity of 80 megawatts would pay approximately $500,000 in property taxes to the municipality each year.

If the Project is awarded a contract to construct, we will hold a local job fair. We expect the construction and installation to require more than 200 person-years of work. The Project will require 2 to 3 full-time wind turbine service technicians at all times during its operating life.

The Project will require services and materials that our team will aim to source locally. We will work with local contractors and businesses to let them know of opportunities. These services could include road building and construction teams, general labourers, site security, pressure washing services, waste disposal, sanitary services, material suppliers (grout, safety equipment), welding services, snow removal and office trailers.

We have proposed that a Community Benefit Fund be established by the proponents, with the funding level determined by the size of the Project. The Fund would support community-level initiatives determined by a fund management committee. The committee would consist of community members and at least one representative from ABO Wind and/or Community Wind. We welcome ideas and suggestions about how the Fund could be used.

Q: How do we keep the community involved and up to date?

A: Community Wind and ABO Wind will mail updates to addresses in the areas surrounding the proposed Project. We will also update information on the website (www.melvinlakewind.ca) so that stakeholders outside of the immediate Project area can also stay informed.

Q: When is the next Open House?

A: If the proposed Project receives a power purchase agreement, we plan on holding another open house in spring 2022. By then, we will have more detailed information on the site, for instance, on wind speeds, the environment, suitable turbine technology and construction plans.

As important as sharing information, the open house would also allow us to collect more feedback, to better design and plan the project.

 

Visual and Sound

Q: Will you be updating these assessments?

A: The proposed layout and turbine technology will likely change. We will update the visual and sound assessments to reflect the most up to date plan.

 

Land Development

Q: What does the project boundary mean?

A: The project boundary is the outer limit of lands under contract for the Project. It does not necessarily mean that infrastructure will be placed on these lands. The final boundary may be much smaller than the proposed site.

Q: Will a turbine be placed on my land?

A: Community Wind and ABO Wind have contracts in place with landowners who will have infrastructure on their property.

Q: Can people continue using the land as they are (hunting, fishing, cutting wood)?

A: Project planning will be done to minimize restrictions on land use. Typically, most activities underway before construction of a wind site can continue afterwards.

 

Environmental

Q: How do you protect wildlife?

A: As part of the regulatory approval process, an environmental assessment will be undertaken to understand the relationship between wind turbines and the local environment. This is a requirement of the Province of Nova Scotia. Through this analysis, our team will make the necessary adjustments to the Project to avoid or reduce potential impact on wildlife.

 

Construction 

Q: What type of access is needed for the turbines?

A: An approximately 12-metre wide access road would be used for the construction phase. It would be reclaimed to a 5-metre wide access road for the life of the Project.

Q: How do you select the areas for the turbines?

A: We select sites by assessing wind patterns in the area – while maintaining the distance from the Project boundary, environmental features, and homes. Other factors are the ability to access and construct turbines at the location.

Q: How much tree clearing is needed?

A: Typically, 5 to 6 hectares of land would be cleared for each turbine. Tree clearing is usually needed for

  • access roads (described above)
  • a main construction, component staging and office area (approximately 200 metres by 200 metres)
  • collector lines (approximately 5- to 10-metres in width)
  • access to turbines once they are built (about 100 metres around each)
Q: What is the life expectancy of the Project?

A: The lifecycle of a turbine is typically 20 to 30 years. We expect the life expectancy of this Project to be 25 years.

Q: Is your schedule achievable?

A: The current Project schedule is subject to change depending on the criteria in the upcoming Request For Proposals (RFP) issued by the Province of Nova Scotia.

Q: Who maintains the turbines, access road, equipment, etc.?

A: During the life of the Project, there will be a local site manager who is tasked with ensuring the turbines, roads and equipment are well maintained and operating safely.

 

Permitting

Q: When and what are you submitting? What is involved in the permitting process?

A: Community Wind and ABO Wind will submit a proposal in the Rate Based Procurement RFP issued by the Province of Nova Scotia. The submission deadline is expected to be in early 2022.

If the proposed Melvin Lake Wind Project receives a Power Purchase Agreement, the developers will carry out a variety of environmental and other studies, including those required by the Environmental Assessment Regulations set by Nova Scotia’s Department of Environment and Climate Change. In addition to these studies, our team will conduct a consultation process with the local community before the Project moves forward.

Q: Why is the project this size?

A: Several factors contribute to the size of a project such as the Melvin Lake site

  • available lands under contract
  • local electrical grid capacity
  • wind profile
  • local environmental features, and
  • any applicable criteria outlined in the RFP.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the proposed site for Melvin Lake Wind? 

The wind turbines would be located on Crown Land and private land, just south of Highway 101 and west of Pockwock Lake. A map showing preliminary turbine locations is below.

We acknowledge that this land is in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia.

Who is developing the site?

Community Wind Farms Inc. (Community Wind) is a local renewable energy company with projects across Atlantic Canada. ABO Wind Canada Ltd. (ABO Wind), a wholly owned subsidiary of ABO Wind AG, is a global company with extensive experience in renewable energy development. Together, we are developing renewable energy projects throughout Nova Scotia.

At what stage is the Project?

Melvin Lake Wind is at a preliminary stage. We have performed desktop studies and are currently testing the wind. We expect Nova Scotia Power to issue a competitive request for proposal (RFP) tender process in fall 2021 for which we will submit a bid. The Project will also be submitted into future procurement processes, if available.

How much power will the Project generate?

The Project is planned to produce approximately 80 megawatts of electricity from as many as 16 turbines, depending on technology. This is enough electricity for more than 23,000 Nova Scotian homes -- about a fifth of the homes in Halifax Regional Municipality.

What is the timing for construction?

If the Project is awarded a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) through the RFP process, we would likely start road clearing and civil construction in 2023, with the remainder of construction planned for 2024, pending regulatory approvals.

What is the consultation process? 

Nova Scotia’s Proponent’s Guide to Wind Power Projects encourages developers to work the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia and other communities to address their concerns before submitting regulatory applications.

Community Wind and ABO Wind strongly value positive community relations. It will be our practice to hold community information sessions and meetings with individual First Nations communities before any construction begins and at key Project milestones throughout the development process. We will set up an email address and phone number to collect feedback, or any concerns or questions.

How loud will the Project be?

The closest residential properties are more than 1.5 kilometres from the wind turbines, so it is unlikely there will be any noise from the site. As part of the regulatory process, we will be completing Noise Impact Assessments to understand potential noise impacts and to ensure that we are addressing concerns raised by individuals. We will be careful to respect setbacks to homes and businesses.

Studies show average noise levels from wind turbines at 1,500 metres are around 35 dBA – like a quiet library. DBA is an abbreviation for A-weighted decibel, a measurement of the relative loudness of sounds in air adjusted to the human ear. In Nova Scotia, the regulated level allowed is 40 dBA.

Will the community benefit from Melvin Lake Wind?

Electricity generated from the Project will feed into local transmission lines, providing renewable energy to homes and businesses within the area.

The municipality would receive a substantial amount in property taxes from the Project each year.

The Project will create short-term and long-term jobs and contracts for site clearing, road building, electrical, construction and concrete work. In addition, the Project will need regular maintenance throughout its operational life.

There may be additional ways for the Project to partner with post-secondary schools to offer education and other training opportunities within the field of renewable energy. The developers are also establishing a community benefit fund. We are looking for ideas from the community on how to use this fund.

Who owns the land at the site? 

The wind farm would be on Crown Land and private land. We have applied to the Province to use Crown Land and are negotiating with land owners on access and other matters.

Will the wind farm have an impact on human health?

We respect that some individuals may have concerns regarding health. The Project will be designed to meet or exceed all provincial regulations and guidelines currently in place to protect human health.

Health Canada with Statistics Canada and other external experts conducted a Community Noise and Health Study. The results released in 2014 indicated that wind turbine noise was not linked to self-reported medical illnesses and health conditions. For more information and other studies, https://canwea.ca/wind-facts/your-health/.

Will it affect birds and other wildlife? 

As part of the regulatory approval process, an in-depth environmental assessment will be undertaken to understand the relationship between wind turbines and the local environment. Through this analysis, our team will make the necessary adjustments to the Project to eliminate or reduce potential impact on wildlife. For additional information on the relationship between wind turbines and bats, refer to https://canwea.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/windenergyandbatconservationreview.pdf.

Why build more renewable low-carbon energy? 

The Province of Nova Scotia has committed to close coal-fired power stations by 2030. It has also legislated a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 53 per cent of 2005 levels by 2030. The development of renewable energy will help Nova Scotia achieve these goals. The province also supports the Canadian government’s goal to achieve a net-zero-emissions economy by 2050. Nova Scotia has an above average wind resource that helps wind energy remain a highly competitive low carbon option when compared to traditional generation resources.

What if I have more questions? 

Please send questions and/or concerns to us through the contact form at www.melvinlakewind.ca. For general information, visit https://canwea.ca/wind-facts/.

 

What questions do you have about Melvin Lake Wind? Please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Contact

Project Manager

Jonathan Cooper

Tel. +1 587 392 5005
jonathan.cooper(at)abo-wind.com

Media inquiries

Bill MacLean

bill(at)communitywind.ca

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