Nova Scotia municipality to build one of the province's tallest wind turbines10/15/2012
The District of Chester is partnering with a Winnipeg company to build one of Nova Scotia’s tallest wind turbines.
FWS Technologies will build the turbine at the Kaizer Meadow Environmental Management Centre, 20 kilometres north of the village of Chester.
The company will construct a tower that has its turbine 120 metres above the ground — more than 20 metres higher than most turbines.
Warden Allen Webber says the higher turbine is expected to generate better output.
The engineering department at Dalhousie University will test the turbine, which is expected to provide electricity to more than 550 homes by 2014.
Webber says the provincial government’s community feed-in tariff program, which encourages community-owned, renewable energy projects, made Nova Scotia an attractive place for FWS Technologies to do business.
He says the project will cost more than the $5 million originally anticipated, but the added cost will be covered by a $3.6-million federal grant.