Nova Scotia Power Awards Community-Based Renewable Energy Contracts

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Nova Scotia Power has awarded contracts for 18.95 MW of electricity to be supplied from small, community-based renewable energy projects throughout the province. The six agreements, which are all wind related, follow the December 2008 request for proposals (RFP) for small renewable energy projects.

The small renewables RFP process was designed to encourage small, community-based projects to become part of the province's energy supply.

The 10 different community projects announced today under the six agreements add to the existing 16 wind sites in Nova Scotia with a generation capacity of 112 MW. These projects, combined with the five new wind farms (163 MW) committed to be online in 2010, will bring Nova Scotia's wind generation to a total capacity of 275 MW.

These wind projects, in combination with other renewables already in place, are expected to bring the total renewable portion of Nova Scotia's generation mix to 692 MW – 16% of Nova Scotia's electricity sales.

According to Nova Scotia Power, the RFP process generated 20 proposals representing 40.75 MW of total capacity.

SOURCE: Nova Scotia Power

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