Wind Field Inc
The Colchester-Cumberland Wind Field Inc. (CCWF) is a Nova Scotia corporation operating in Colchester and Cumberland Counties.
CCWF is owned by Nova Scotians, with the majority of shareholders living in the named counties. The company brings economic benefits and environmental pride to its local area and the province as a whole. CCWF is a Community Economic Development Investment Fund, which provide government benefits to individual investors.
CCWF shareholders are participating in the vision of a cleaner energy future through their investments in CCWF. “Wind energy offers many advantages – it is emission-free, renewable, domestic, and relatively affordable.”
The site powers (on average) 300 homes in the surrounding area. Each year, the wind field 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.
The History of CCwf
CCWF investigated potential local wind turbine sites from Wentworth to Malagash, with a location near Earltown selected. 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.
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 (2) and 2016.
The following photo (taken during installation) shows the first E-53 turbine in the foreground, with Tatamagouche in the background.
“The vision in action”
The Cobequid Hills have numerous places suitable for the generation of electricity from wind power. CCWF’s location between Tatamagouche and Earltown was relatively close to existing roads and power lines. Wind data collected for 2.5 years showed the wind regime to be of commercial quality.
CCWF obtained a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Nova Scotia Power Inc. (NSPI) allowing wind power into the distribution grid, which supplies electricity to homes and businesses served by the Tatamagouche substation. This first 800 kW Enercon wind turbine began operation in July 2011. Approval was obtained under the COMFIT program for one additional 800 kW turbine and three 50 kW turbines.
In 2012 CCWF placed two Nova Scotian-produced AOC 50 kW turbines to the north of the 2011 site. In March 2013 these turbines began revenue operation under the COMFIT. In 2013 the second Enercon 800 kW turbine was installed, followed in 2016 by the third 50 kW one (from Endurance Wind Power) to complete the Tatamagouche Wind Field.