In 2004 Dana Morin (Windsor NS) shared a vision of creating community-based wind energy companies across Nova Scotia that would be eligible for Equity Tax Credits. David Swan of New Annan, Colchester County, was interested in Dana’s vision.
A mechanical engineer, newly returned to Nova Scotia, David shared the vision of renewable energy generation based in and for the community. Swan brought together local area supporters as the first shareholders and Board of Directors for the new Colchester-Cumberland Wind Field (CCWF).
CCWF recognized the opportunities available to the young wind energy companies through the NS Community Economic-Development Investment Funds (CEDIF) program, which at that time was relatively new. In 2007 CCWF gained approval to issue shares to the public under the CEDIF program. Also included was approval under the Equity Tax Credit Act, which offered an immediate 30% (now 35%) non-refundable reduction on provincial income tax based on the investment in the company, followed in 5 years with a further 20%, and in another 5 years 10% tax saving provided all condition were met.
CCWF investigated potential wind turbine sites from Wentworth to Malagash, with Spiddle Hill the selected location. In late 2007 CCWF erected a meteorological tower to monitor the site’s wind resource, and two and one-half years of data confirmed the quality of the wind. What follows is the story of the local wind energy company, Colchester-Cumberland Wind Field Inc.
CCWF owns and operates two Enercon E-53 (800 kW) wind turbines, installed in 2011 and 2013, and three 50 kW turbines installed in 2012 and 2016. The following photo (taken during installation) shows the first E-53 turbine in the foreground, with Tatamagouche in the background.
CCWF’s current operations may be highlighted through the following:
- The site powers (on average) 300 homes in the surrounding area
- Each year, Spiddle Hill reduces the provinces greenhouse gas production by approximately 4,000 tonnes
- All power produced is distributed through the Tatamagouche substation, meaning many shareholders consume the power produced locally.
In March 2013 the two 50 kW Seaforth Energy turbines installed during 2012 were able to begin operation after an unexpected delay in the availability of the enabling COMFIT Power Purchase Agreement. The usual adjustments of the commissioning process are ongoing and full revenue operation is just ahead.
Study of Community Wind Project Includes CCWF