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Municipally-Owned Renewable Energy

Municipal Challenge

Generating new sources of revenue while promoting economic development in rural areas.

The Energy Issue

The transition to the low-carbon economy often leads to higher energy costs. Additionally, renewable energy projects frequently result in the regional outflow of benefits.

Evaluation

Minas Energy identified and evaluated a number of opportunities and determined that the best way to generate new revenue sources, promote economic development and lower energy costs was to help our clients form an inter-municipal partnership so they could own a medium-sized renewable energy asset.

Action Plan

The towns of Berwick, Antigonish and Mahone Bay relied on Minas Energy to use its experience and expertise to navigate the new energy landscape. Minas Energy listened to what was important to the towns and suggested a 9.2MW wind energy facility as the best project option to achieve the objectives. Minas Energy is providing full-scope project development services including site design, community engagement and project permitting services, equipment and service negotiations, as well as support with securing municipal financing and a steadfast commitment that the project's risk profile matches that of our municipal clients.

Results

The Ellershouse Wind Farm will provide a new source of revenue for the participating rural municipalities and community benefits for the surrounding area all while successfully competing on price with conventional sources of electricity.

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