Rhodena Wind

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Rhodena 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 Rhodena Wind Project:

Tuesday, September 14, 7 pm to 9 pm
Port Hastings Fire Hall,15 Old Victoria Road

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

The wind turbines will be on mostly Crown Land on the hills between Highway 19 and TransCanada Highway 105. 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: Will plowing the roads lead to fewer snowmobiling trails?

A: Project planning will be done to minimize restrictions on land use. If the Project is awarded a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), Community Wind and ABO Wind will work with the local community to ensure minimal impact to snowmobiling trails.

Q: What about the impact on bats?

A: If the Project is awarded a PPA, detailed wildlife surveys, including bats, will be required and completed as part of an environmental assessment. These assessments help us gain an understanding of baseline populations, species present and potential Project-related effects.

Q: What about the hunting cabins in the south end of the Project? Will they be affected by noise? 

A: Project planning will be done to minimize restrictions on land use, including working with the local community to limit impact on hunting practices. If you have a hunting cabin or dwelling that you use regularly within the Project area, please let us know the location. That way we can minimize impact to your activities and cabin use.

Q: What about the raptors?

A: If the Project is awarded a PPA, detailed wildlife surveys, including raptors, will be required and completed as part of an environmental assessment. These assessments help us gain an understanding of baseline populations, species present and potential project-related effects.

Q: What about hazardous waste? 

Environmental Assessments within Nova Scotia require proponents to provide a description of operation and maintenance activities, including but not limited to hazardous waste management.

Q: How was the sound map generated?

A: The sound map illustrates the Project-related sound levels on nearby residences. The noise contours, in dBA, is generated from software that calculates sound levels using internationally accepted methodology. The sound map assumes a worst-case scenario – the loudest turbines under consideration operating at maximum output, no sound absorption from trees or vegetation, and sound pushed by the wind in all directions.

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.rhodenawind.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.

Q: What is the current stage of engagement with the local First Nations?

A: ABO Wind and Community Wind recognize that any wind projects that we propose are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia. We are in discussions with local First Nations.

 

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.

Q: Will you be doing a Visual Impact Assessment or Noise Impact Assessment for my home?

A: We will prepare visual impact assessments from several viewpoints around the project as advised by the community. We will prepare a Noise Impact Assessment with a map showing sound emissions in relation to all nearby residential properties.

 

Land Development

Q: What happens if the company goes bankrupt?

A: Under the rare circumstance of a renewable energy company going bankrupt, the inherent value in the operating wind facility remains. Typically, the major investors in the project will buy out the bankrupt company to ensure their investment is protected. A bankruptcy would not typically impact the operations of a wind facility as the investment community understands the economic value of an operation electricity generation asset.

Q: Are there provisions in the lease that you use for decommissioning wind turbines at the end of the project?

A: Project land contracts and regulatory approvals will contain requirements for reclamation and decommissioning. The Project will also complete a salvage value study before decommissioning turbines – to evaluate potential costs of salvaging compared to decommissioning costs. ABO Wind and Community Wind anticipate the salvage value of recovered metals (for example, copper, steel, rare earth metals) will cover a portion of decommissioning costs.

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 Rhodena 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 Rhodena Wind 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 Rhodena Wind? 

The wind turbines will be located on the hills between Highway 19 and the TransCanada Highway 105, mostly on Crown land. 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?

Rhodena 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 first phase of development would produce up to 80 megawatts of power through as many as 16 turbines. This is enough electricity for more than 23,000 Nova Scotian homes, about a third of the homes on Cape Breton Island.

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 with 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 Rhodena 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.rhodenawind.ca. For general information, visit https://canwea.ca/wind-facts/.

 

What questions do you have about Rhodena 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

Keith Towse

keith(at)communitywind.ca

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