CHURCHVILLE – Churchville’s newest resident was welcomed into the community Thursday during a ribbon cutting ceremony on top of Irish Mountain.
Peggy Cameron and Neil Livingston of Black River Wind Limited stand in front of an 80-metre wind turbine in Churchville that will be generating power to Nova Scotia Power next week. Sueann Musick – The News
An 80-metre-high wind turbine that has the potential to generate enough electricity for about 750 homes through Nova Scotia Power lines was officially unveiled yesterday.
The turbine is owned by Black River Wind which has two other turbines in the province feeding into Nova Scotia Power.
“We started about 10 years ago,” said Peggy Cameron who is vice-president of the company with company president Neil Livingston. “We both have interests as environmentalists and I was doing a lot of public education on climate change. I travelled in other countries and I thought it was time for us to get off coal and natural gas.”
Cameron grew up in the Churchville area and was fully aware of the wind that blows over Irish Mountain on a regular basis.
“My mom, who is from Saskatchewan, really minded the wind and it was windy here often,” she said. “She would always say there should be a wind turbine on Irish Mountain.”
Livingstone said Black River Wind was awarded the contract in 2009, but one of his and Cameron’s biggest challenges was to secure funding for it.
He said it is not a Comfit project, meaning it was built without government assistance.
“I am not a big fan of the government’s Comfit project at all,” he said. “I think it is highly restrictive and not very open. It eliminates small businesses from getting contracts.”
Cameron and Livingston said the community response the Churchville wind turbine has been positive. Public meetings were held nine years ago on the project with very little concern expressed from residents.
“There is good support for this,” Livingston said. “We picked sites good for the wind and good sites in the neighbourhood.”
The wind turbine is expected to fully operational by next week.