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Cape Breton University Strengthens Commitment to Renewable Energy

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Receives COMFIT Approval for Wind Farm

Today, Nova Scotia Minister of Energy Charlie Parker was at Cape Breton University’s (CBU) Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment (CSEE) to announce the newly approved Community Feed-in Tariff (COMFIT) applications, which included a successful Wind Farm submission by CSEE. The project, jointly developed by Cape Breton University and Cape Breton Explorations (CBEX), with land being contributed by Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation, supports CSEE’s goal to find advanced and sustainable solutions for energy and environmental issues through research, innovation and partnerships.

Cape Breton University President John Harker notes that this project exemplifies the CBU focus on renewable energy and demonstrates the potential that initiatives such as this have as being economic generators for Cape Breton Island. “Wind energy is one of the fastest growing sources of electricity in Canada,” says Harker. “This project is a testament to CBU’s commitment to foster innovation and offer unparalleled research opportunities and hands-on training for students interested in renewable energy technology.”

The 5.4 MW CBU Wind Farm will be located in Gardiner Mines directly across from Cape Breton University and near Nova Scotia Power’s Victoria Junction Sub-station. Project objectives focus on key areas including providing a source of renewable energy to Nova Scotia under the new COMFIT legislation; protecting the environment while ensuring the sustainability of the project; and providing CBU with increased resources to pursue its goal of attaining electrical and heating self-sufficiency.

“This project is directly related to one of CSEE’s strategic themes – Renewable Energy – with an objective to increase the value of community renewable energy sources through innovation and integration and will be a help as we strive to secure an outstanding candidate for the Lockheed Martin Research Chair in Renewable Energy. Announcements like the one made today by the Province reinforces the vision of CSEE,” says President Harker.

The Government of Nova Scotia developed a COMFIT incentive rate structure for renewable energy developments in Nova Scotia, to allow companies and municipalities to enter into agreements with the Province and Nova Scotia Power for the generation of renewable energy.  The COMFIT is an opportunity to receive an established price per kWh for projects producing electricity from qualifying renewable resources.  These include wind at capacity over 50-kW; wind at capacity of 50-kW or less; combined heat and power biomass;small-scale in-stream tidal; and run-of-the-river hydroelectricity.

For more information on the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment visit www.cbu.ca/csee

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