Construction on 6-MW wind farm in Pictou County to begin this year

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Nova Scotia Environment has approved Watts Wind Energy Inc.’s proposed $15-million, six-megawatt, wind-energy project in Pictou County, reports The Chronicle Herald.

The four-turbine McLellans Brook project, which could provide enough energy to power about 2,000 homes, is located seven kilometres south of Stellarton.

The project will sell power to Nova Scotia Power Inc. under a 20-year agreement.

The wind project had been approved with conditions, including the implementation of a program to monitor birds and bats prior to any construction and a requirement to immediately report any signs of mainland moose, including tracks and droppings, found on the project site.

The department also placed noise, visual impact, aboriginal engagement and community consultation conditions on the project.

Construction is scheduled to begin later this year, with operations beginning in early 2014.

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