With some help from facilities locally, Nova Scotia Power says it set a new record for the amount of electricity it generated from renewable energy.
N-S-P says 29 per cent of its electricity came from renewables last year. The previous record of 28 per cent was set in 2016.
Wind power takes up the largest share of renewable energy generated at 19 per cent, followed by hydro and tidal at 8 per cent, and biomass at 2 per cent.
Some of the contributors locally to renewable energy includes a number of community based wind projects, as well as larger operations such as the Glen Dhu, Sable, Point Tupper and Wreck Cove wind farms. There’s also the Biomass facility at Port Hawkesbury Paper.
Local wind power projects are playing a role in helping Nova Scotia Power in attaining record renewable energy targets.
The utility says last year, 28 per cent of the electricity used by Nova Scotians came from renewable resources. That topped the previous record of 26.6 per cent in 2015. A decade ago, only 9 per cent of Nova Scotia’s electricity was renewable.
In Guysborough County, the Sable Wind Farm and wind turbines in Mulgrave, Melford and Goldboro produce electricity to power five thousand homes. Sable Wind is a partnership between the District of Guysborough and Nova Scotia Power. Guysborough District Warden Vernon Pitts says he’s pleased with the municipality’s contribution to renewable energy.
In Antigonish County, the Glen Dhu Wind Farm and other wind turbines at Irish Mountain, Fairmont and Maryvale produce enough electricity to power 22-thousand homes.