The Cape Breton University Wind Farm, was recently awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2017 CAUBO Quality and Productivity (Q&P) Awards Program.
In January 2016, Cape Breton University (CBU) completed the development of a three-turbine 5.4 MW wind farm across from their campus that generates an estimated 16,200 MWh of electrical energy annually, equivalent to an offset of 15,400 tonnes of CO2. Total emissions from all energy sources consumed on campus were estimated to be just over 8,000 tonnes equivalent of C02, making CBU the first North American university to completely offset all it direct CO2 emissions.
For the project, CBU partnered with wind developer Natural Forces, turbine suppliers Enercon, RBC, Nova Scotia Power Inc., and Efficiency Nova Scotia. The province of Nova Scotia awarded CBU a Community Feed-In Tariff. The facility is now owned and operated by Gardner Mines Wind Farm LP, with the CBU Business Trust as the 89% partner.
In most areas of the country, the cost to generate electrical energy is less than the cost to purchase power. At CBU, the excess revenue from the wind farm project provides an additional revenue stream for the university of about $500K per year.
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