It was demanding, at times frustrating and a way more complicated process than it should have been, but after 10 years of hard work Black River Wind VP Peggy Cameron says they have finally completed construction of an 80 metre tall wind turbine in Churchville.
The Pictou County site is one of three that the company has built and a ribbon cutting will be held on Thursday.
The turbine will feed into the grid and depending on the wind speed could provide electricity to upwards of 750 homes.
“It’s pretty substantial,” she says.
Neal Livingston started work on the project in 2003 and in 2005 formed Black River Wind Ltd. with Cameron.
Despite having backgrounds and experience that should have helped them, they ran into many roadblocks along the way, Cameron said. The hardest part of the whole process was getting financing said Cameron, but they were able to find an individual backer from Ontario who had successfully built his own project.
“He recognized, we had done credible work,” Cameron said.
Cameron herself grew up in Irish Mountain and is excited to see this happen in the community where she still owns a home.
Thursday’s ribbon cutting will be held at 2:30 p.m.