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SkyPower receives environmental approval for Digby, NS, wind project

TORONTO — SkyPower Corp. and Scotian Windfields announced last week that Nova Scotia Environment has granted environmental approval for 25.5 MW of wind turbine capacity for the Digby wind power project which is to be located in Digby, Nova Scotia. Once completed, the Digby Project will be one of Nova Scotia's largest wind parks.
   
SkyPower and Scotian Windfields had originally filed a request for approval for a 30MW project. As part of the Environmental Assessment Approval process, three of the proposed turbines (4.5 MWs) were excluded from the approval and will require relocation subject to further consultation with Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources (NSDNR) Wildlife Division regarding wildlife connectivity and Nova Scotia Environment (NSE) regarding sound and setbacks.

The proposed relocation of the turbines will be shortly submitted to the NSE Environmental Assessment Branch for review and further consideration. SkyPower and Scotian Windfields are confident today that it will be able to identify three more suitable turbine locations in the next few weeks and proceed to seek approval for the final 4.5MWs.
   
"In concert with our partner Scotian WindFields, SkyPower has worked for several years with a view to building an outstanding project in Nova Scotia. Clearly, support from the community and local government has been instrumental in helping us secure our Environmental Approval," said Kerry Adler, President and Chief Executive of SkyPower Corp. "We look forward to continuing to support Premier Darrell Dexter's mandate to achieve the government's aggressive renewable energy and emission reduction targets."
   
For more information visit www.scotianwindfields.ca or www.skypower.com.