Lots to celebrate in Cumberland

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When he was in Amherst earlier this week to help break ground on a new $61-million wind farm to be build on the marsh Premier Darrell Dexter talked about how Cumberland is a leader in green technology.

 

It’s probably something most here would never think about, but upon reflection the premier has a point. Amherst and Cumberland County are leading the way in several areas.

Several years ago Chuck Cartmill had a vision of developing LED technology to power streetlights. There were probably more than a few both inside and outside his company that questioned his vision. LED technology has been around for years, but no one had been able to develop the wattage required to power a streetlight.

Now, several years later, LED Roadway Lighting is one of this province’s rising stars.

It has only been a few years since the owners of Solartron came up with the idea of concentrating the sun’s rays through large satellite dish solar concentrators to heat and cool buildings. It’s a technology that’s growing in popularity across the province and the region and it was developed here in Cumberland County.

For years people have commented about the Tantramar Marsh being an excellent source of wind power. After several years of waiting, and two failed attempts by wind energy giant Acciona, Sprott Power Corp. was in Amherst on Wednesday to confirm its investment in this community as the home of a 31.5-megawatt wind project that will include 15 turbines producing enough energy to power 10,000 homes.

This will build on the ongoing tidal project near Parrsboro and the work being done by Cumberland County in further development of its energy strategy.

It’s easy sometimes to criticize everything that appears to be going wrong in a community, but it’s harder to celebrate all that is good. There is still a long way before we’ll be able to celebrate Cumberland County as a hotbed of economic activity, but projects such as this show we’re definitely on the way.

Organizations: Acciona, Sprott Power

Geographic location: Amherst, Cumberland County, Parrsboro

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