NS: Sprott Power wind farm now at full throttle

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Amherst Daily News

The last of 15 turbines at the $61-million project near Amherst went online earlier this week.

Sprott Power's Amherst wind farm

[AMHERST, NS] - Sprott Power’s $61-million wind farm near Amherst is fully operational.

The last of 15 turbines went online earlier this week and the wind project has already generated approximately three gigawatt hours of electricity.

“We finished the last turbine on Tuesday and all 15 turbines are now operational,” company chief operating officer Don Bartlett said Wednesday. “It’s another significant milestone for the project.”

The project began generating electricity on March 26 when the first turbine was commissioned.

The 31.5-megawatt facility is expected to provide nearly 100 gigawatt hours of renewable energy on an annual basis, representing enough electricity to power approximately 10,000 homes.

“This is an exciting time for Sprott Power as we complete our first internally developed and constructed project,” company CEO Jeff Jenner said. “The Sprott team delivered the Amherst project on time and on budget.

“The successful completion demonstrates the high level of performance of our staff along with the tremendous support that our construction partners provided.”

Bartlett said the project went very well from when land preparation work commenced last summer to the placing of the first turbine last fall.

With the project’s completion, Sprott Power is continuing to prepare for a potential expansion to the east side of the Trans-Canada Highway. It is preparing a submission to the latest request for proposals for renewable energy and is hoping to hear something back later this year.

If it is successful, Sprott Power could begin construction next summer. It has yet to determine how many turbines it’s planning and where they will be located.

Organizations: Sprott Power, Daily News, Trans-Canada Highway

Geographic location: Amherst

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  • Jonathan Langille
    April 22, 2012 - 11:49

    This project is encouraging in a number of ways. Given that not all of our generation infrastructure is able to regulate ouput the way that hydroelectric systems can, I would like to know to what extent this wind project will be able to integrate its output into the power grid. To put it another way: how many hours of the year is it likely to idle because there are higher than average winds?