Municipality of the District of Digby

Wind

The kinetic energy of the wind has been utilized by humans for hundreds of years. By capturing its power and using it to spin a turbine, clean and plentiful renewable electricity can be generated with little maintenance, virtually no greenhouse gas emissions and little loss of land use. For these reasons and more, electricity generation from wind has sky-rocketed in 83 countries across the world as the cost per unit of electricity rises.

Digby County is fortunate to be home to wind speeds ranging from 8-9.5 meters/second, and has both large and small-scale wind projects that contribute to the local electrical grid. The largest project is the Digby Neck wind farm which consists of 20 General Electric wind turbines with a capacity of 30 MW, enough to power over 10,000 homes. An estimated 60,000 tons of CO2 emissions are offset by the wind farm each year.

Wind Farm

The Digby Neck Wind Farm (photo source:www.maritimesenergy.com)

To learn more about wind energy in Nova Scotia, visit the Nova Scotia Department of Energy website.