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Over the last 6 years Bay Wind has been analyzing the potential of wind power generation in
Annapolis, Digby and Yarmouth counties and addressing issues related to the siting of industrial
class wind turbines.
Bay Wind has worked closely with partner RESL to determine the suitability of wind power test
sites in the Digby area. Locations were chosen on the basis of:
- Results of the core wind screening data acquired over four years.
- Moderate to good wind characteristics suitable for a Class II wind turbine.
- Proximity to market.
- Dual land use.
- Remote location, minimum impact.
- Scalable sites.
- Shared infrastructure.
- Access to land.
- Potential for expansion.
- Proximity to the distribution and transmission system.
A site was chosen at the old Digby watershed on Mt. Pleasant which met RESLís criteria for an
exploration wind turbine. This site has good wind attributes, and potential for development of a
limited wind farm should the exploration phase prove promising.
After many steps, including securing a land lease, getting town council approval, completing
designs for the electrical system, completing foundation and impact studies, as well as taking
core samples, road work was begun by early 2006. At last, construction and commissioning of the
wind turbine was completed in December 2006. Now the wind turbine supplies power to 300-350 homes,
mostly in the Digby area.