P R O J E C T O V E R V I E W
• ComFIT, a program that falls under the Renewable Electricity Plan (REP), is intended to encourage and support the development of small community-based renewable electricity projects. However, the province of Nova Scotia is currently accepting competitive bids from independent power producers for larger commercial projects.
• Nova Scotia has a target of generating 25 per cent of its power from renewables by 2015, and 40 per cent by 2025 through their Renewable Electricity Plan.
• The program presents small-scale producers with a fixed price per kWh for projects producing electricity from qualifying renewable resources.
• Nova Scotia is also considering adding solar technology projects to the ComFIT program.
S I Z E A N D S C O P E
• The first contracts were awarded in December 2011, with five projects (four wind, one tidal) approved.
• There are currently 26 projects across the province, most of which are community-scale wind. In 2012, the town of Chester will begin construction on a turbine adjacent to its landfill site.
• Colchester-Cumberland Wind Field (CCWF), a community economic development corporation based in Tatamagouche already owns one turbine and will begin construction of a second one in the spring, with the possibility of two additional turbines in 2012.