Nova Scotia’s largest wind farm clears regulatory hurdle

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The Utility and Review Board has given approval for construction of South Canoe, a $200–million wind farm to be built near New Ross, Nova Scotia, reports CBC News.

The board issued a decision dismissing an appeal by a residents’ group – Friends of South Canoe – and the owners of a local golf course, the Homburg Land Bank.

According to the board, the councillors of the District of Chester followed the rules when determining that the development complies with the municipal planning strategy.The board said council fulfilled its duty in weighing many competing interests, including concerns from residents worried about the potential impact of 34 turbines on their health and property values.

The wind farm, which will be Nova Scotia’s largest, is due to go into service and supply electricity to 32,000 homes by January 2015.

The wind project will be owned by Oxford Frozen Foods, Minas Basin Pulp and Power and Nova Scotia Power.

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