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Nova Scotia offers first-ever small wind feed-in tariff


October 15, 2010
by PLANT STAFF

OTTAWA: Nova Scotia’s Renewable Electricity Plan will include a Feed-In Tariff (FIT) for small wind systems with a rated capacity of less than 50 kilowatts. 

Small wind energy systems have a rated capacity of 300 kilowatts or less, and are used to power homes, farms, small businesses and off-grid communities. 

“The small wind Feed-in Tariff will allow more Nova Scotians to take an active part in the province’s renewable electricity future,” said Robert Hornung, president of CanWEA, the national association representing the wind industry. “[And] this measure will provide important local economic stimulus by creating jobs in the province which is already home to a leading manufacturer of 50-kilowatt turbines.”

Earlier this week, CanWEA released a Small Wind Market Survey that showed the Canadian small wind market had grown by 55% over the past two years. 

The market survey also showed that Canada is home to more than half of the world’s manufacturers of small wind turbines in the 30 to 100 kilowatt range, but that Canadian manufacturers were exporting 87% of their products.

In related news, the Nova Scotia government has introduced regulations aimed at promoting renewable energy production by committing to 40% of its electricity coming from renewable resources by 2020.

Regulations will require Nova Scotia Power Inc., all municipal utilities and independent power producers to supply renewable energy in an amount equal to or greater than 5% of total annual sales in 2011 and 2012, with the amount increasing to 10% in 2013 and 25% in 2015. By 2020 the target will be 40%.
PLANT, with files from The Canadian Press