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 14, 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.
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.
Visual Simulation 1: Lake Murray/Hwy 105
Visual Simulation 2: MacMaster Brook/Hwy 105
Visual Simulation 3: Walkers Cove Rd/Hwy 19
Visual Simulation 4: Judique
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 is preliminary and is subject to change
Local Contracts and Jobs - During development and construction - During operation
Community Benefits Fund
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 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.
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 mostly on Crown Land. We have applied to the Province to use Crown Land and are negotiating with land owners regarding access.
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.