Amherst gets COMFIT approval for wind turbine

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To be erected next to new sewage treatment facility

AMHERST – Amherst’s proposed wind turbine for its sewage treatment facility has received approval for the province’s Community Feed-In Tariff program.

The turbine was one 14 projects approved by the province on Friday and it can now proceed to the next stage of development.

The 0.05-megawatt turbine will be installed adjacent to the $12-million sewage treatment plant that was commissioned last year. The facility, that represents the conclusion of the town’s 20-year pollution abatement strategy, ended the flow of sewage from the town into the Bay of Fundy.

The cost of the turbine is approximately $350,000 and is being funded by 50-cent dollars through the green municipal infrastructure fund. The cost of the turbine has already been budgeted through the sewage treatment plant project.

Once completed, it’s believed the turbine, being erected Seaforth Energy, will save a significant amount of money in the plant’s power costs.

It’s expected the turbine will be erected during the winter.

 

Geographic location: Bay of Fundy

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