Sable Wind awaits full commissioning
By Lois Ann Dort
GUYSBOROUGH – The winds of change, power and money have come to Canso in the form of the Sable Wind Project -- a project that brings clean, renewable energy to Nova Scotians and revenues to the Municipality of the District of Guysborough. Although the project was slated for commissioning last December, two of the six turbines have met with technical difficulties resulting in a failure to bring them online. Revenues have been produced from the power generated by the four operational turbines since mid-December 2014 but under the project agreement fines may be applied for failure to have the project fully operational by the scheduled start date at the end of December.
After the regular council meeting held on Wednesday, January 14 MODG Warden Vernon Pitts told media that there is no time line for the repairs necessary to bring the last two turbines online. "My understanding is we had a failure of one of the components -- it has to be re-fabricated in Germany, and it takes time to do that." He also noted that the stakeholders in the project had full confidence in the turbine manufacturer, Enercon.
In other business, councillor Sheila Pelly received a scroll from the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities (UNSM) in honour of her 10 years of service as a municipal councillor in Guysborough.