First kWh of electricity generated under the NS COMFIT using Nova Scotian technology3/20/2013
SEAFORTH ENERGY— First kWh of electricity generated under the Nova Scotia Community Feed-in Tariff using Nova Scotian technology
On Tuesday, March 19, the first kilowatt-hour from Nova Scotia’s community-based feed-in tariff program, was generated using Nova Scotian wind turbine technology, in the form of Seaforth Energy’s AOC 15/50 50kW wind turbine.
Premier Darrell Dexter, Energy Minister Charlie Parker, and municipal officials from the District of Guysborough and the Town of New Glasgow joined Seaforth Energy CEO Mike Morris to announce the milestone. The owners commissioned 6 AOC 15/50 wind turbines today, including one in New Glasgow, two near Tatamagouche, and three in Goldboro.
“This is clean power produced in Nova Scotia, by Nova Scotians,” said Premier Dexter. “Our community feed-in tariff program is the only one of its kind in the world, so this is a big first for Nova Scotia.”
Seaforth Energy of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia is one of the world’s leading commercial-grade wind turbine manufacturers. Seaforth Energy’s AOC 15/50 turbines are the world’s most proven and reliable 50 kilowatt wind turbines. AOC 15/50s have been installed worldwide, from Alaska to Siberia, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Dominican Republic and India.
“Seaforth Energy is proud that the first electricity produced under the Nova Scotia community feed-in tariff program will be generated using Nova Scotian technology - our AOC 15/50 wind turbine,” said Mike Morris, CEO of Seaforth Energy. “We encourage other communities to participate in the Nova Scotia Community Feed-in Tariff program.”
The province is moving away from a near 90% dependence on fossil fuels for electric generation. Communities in Nova Scotia are embracing the program as a way to go green in more ways than one. Participating community organizations are able to sell energy to the grid. The dual win of economic and environmental sustainability is attractive in a world of rural depopulation and declining tax bases.
“We are pleased to play a role in increasing the use of green energy in Nova Scotia,” said New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan. “The wind turbine at our Forbes Lake Water Treatment Facility will produce energy efficient electricity that
will be purchased by Nova Scotia Power. This will allow us to reduce our costs and invest these savings back into our water treatment plant.”
The opportunity remains for other communities to take part in the province’s feed-in tariff program. Although the allotment for the big wind category in the Nova Scotia Community Feed-in-Tariff is full, there’s still plenty of room for small-wind projects. Moreover, communities can use gas tax money they have available to them to purchase the purchase the wind turbines.
Media Contact: Michael Morris
President and CEO
Seaforth Energy Inc.