Sandy Point Wind

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Sandy Point 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.

We are glad that you are visiting our website. We hope to answer any questions that you may have and encourage you to get in touch. 

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News

October 2021: Status Update from the Council of the Municipality of Shelburne

Council has released a statement, emphasizing its long standing position on wind farm development, the timeline of key events and the best way for citizens to direct their questions.

Click here to read the update.

September 2021: Open House on September 16, 2021

Please join us at the Open House to learn more about the proposed Sandy Point Wind Project:

Thursday, September 16, 7 pm to 9 pm

Sandy Point Recreation Centre, 1586 Sandy Point 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 located on private land and Crown Land between the communities of Sandy Point, Jordan Bay and Jordan Ferry. The map below shows the preliminary location of the wind turbines.

 

 

 

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: 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.sandypointwind.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: Why not give a formal presentation with Q&A at the end? Why do an open house format?

A: The aim of the open house is to provide project information and respond to questions or concerns in a safe and comfortable environment. Through experience, we have found that one-on-one or small-group conversations with posters allows people to learn at their own pace, and to voice their questions and concerns without feeling the pressure of an audience.

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 have discussed the project with Acadia First Nation.

 

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: How much money do landowners get and how do you calculate that?

A: For confidentiality reasons, all we can say is we propose contracts that are typical and competitive within this region and within the renewable energy industry.

Q: What’s the difference between lease vs. option? 

A: An option, or option period, is an agreement signed by a landowner that provides a company with the ability to perform certain activities on lands (soil studies, environment studies, site visits). It also grants the ability to execute a lease on a portion of the lands for a specific purpose, such as wind development.

A lease is the agreement executed if a company chooses to proceed with actions outlined under the option agreement (such as building a wind turbine). A company may option an entire property yet end up leasing a smaller portion of those lands.

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.

 

Community Funding

Q: What is the funding for?

A: The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support to the community hosting the Project. The fund would support community-level projects or 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 are looking for ideas about how to use such a fund.

 

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 Sandy Point 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 Sandy Point Wind site

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

 

Health

Q: What is infrasound and is it harmful to me?

A: Infrasound can be defined as sound waves with frequencies below the lower limit of human hearing. We will design the Project to meet Nova Scotia’s regulations regarding audible sound criteria. This will ensure that any infrasound levels will be very low at homes.

Humans are exposed to infrasound on a regular basis from several natural and engineered sources, at levels that exceed those produced by wind turbines. For more information and other studies, https://canwea.ca/wind-facts/your-health/

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the proposed site for Sandy Point Wind?

The wind turbines would on private land and Crown land between the communities of Sandy Point, Jordan Bay and Jordan Ferry. See the map below for preliminary turbine locations.

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?

A: Sandy Point Wind is at a preliminary stage. We have performed desktop studies and are currently testing the wind. We expect the Province of Nova Scotia to issue a competitive request for proposal (RFP) tender process late in 2021, for which we will submit a bid in early 2022. 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 -- nearly all the homes in Yarmouth, Shelburne and Queens counties.

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 want to hear from the community. Please contact us anytime through the form at www.sandypointwind.ca .

How loud will the Project be?

We will be careful to respect setbacks to homes and businesses. 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.

Will the community benefit from Sandy Point 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 form at www.sandypointwind.ca .
We will continue to update visualizations, maps and other information on the website. For general information, visit https://canwea.ca/wind-facts/.

 

What questions do you have about Sandy Point 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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