TRURO, NS--(Marketwire - May 9, 2012) - The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Chiefs have been named one of the latest recipients of the Community Feed-In Tariff Program by the Nova Scotia Department of Energy. The 4MW wind project at Whynotts Settlement, in the Bridgewater area, is being jointly developed by juwi Wind Canada and Community Wind Farms Inc. Once constructed the project will generate enough power for approximately 1200 homes a year.
"The Whynotts project will begin to assist in addressing how the Mi'kmaq will be a viable and long term player in the renewable energy sector," said Chief Gerard Julian, Co-Chair of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Chiefs. "As project owners, we will be able to deliver a Mi'kmaq benefits program, designed and delivered by the Mi'kmaq, for the Mi'kmaq."
Juwi Wind's CEO Michael Rucker said of the announcement, "Juwi is extremely pleased to have the Mi'kmaq Assembly of Chiefs as our community partner in Whynotts Community Wind. The project will provide an excellent opportunity for Nova Scotia's Mi'kmaq Community to receive significant benefit through direct project investment, job creation and our community benefit agreement with the Assembly."
As an advanced technology, Whynotts affords the Assembly the opportunity to educate their youth in the science of renewable energy and they will utilize the project as a free standing science exhibit. Whynotts, and other renewable energy projects, will provide the Assembly with a revenue stream which the Assembly plans to utilize as part of their long term governance strategy.
"Opportunities in renewable energy are important for us today and for our future. Expanding the knowledge on what we can do with our natural resources can help shape how our communities live and work for years to come," said Chief Julian.
Kwilmu'kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiation Office works on behalf of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Chiefs in the negotiations and consultations between the Mi'kmaq of Nova Scotia, the Province of Nova Scotia and the Government of Canada.
juwi Wind Canada is an affiliate of the juwi Group, one of the major international developers of renewable energy projects. juwi has been designing, building and operating plants that harness renewable energy since 1996, and to date juwi has installed approximately 500 wind turbines worldwide at 80 sites, producing a total output of approximately 850 MW (megawatts).
Community Wind Farms is a Nova Scotia based company focused on developing community based wind projects across Nova Scotia. We are working with municipalities, First Nations, community groups and landowners across Nova Scotia to develop a portfolio of wind farms under the Community Feed-In Tariff (COMFIT) program introduced by the Nova Scotia Department of Energy.