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Project Overview 

The Yellow Birch Wind Energy Project is a proposed renewable energy facility with a total capacity of up to 149.6 MW. The project will be comprised of up to twenty-two turbines with a nameplate capacity between 5.9 to 7.2 MW. The facility would be located on privately-held land in Pictou county, south of Marshy Hope.     

The project is being developed through a partnership with First Nation communities and SWEB Development LP (SWEB Energy), a North American subsidiary of W.E.B. Group.

The following project specific information was provided since the inception of the project in 2021. However, projects of this nature evolve over the course of their development. Consequently, please be advised that the most recent project specific information will be uploaded here as it becomes available, starting with the newest information available.  


  

Proposed Project Area 

   

Milestones

2020 – Onward

Stakeholder Engagement

2021 – 2024

Environmental Assessment

2021 – 2023 

Local Permitting 

2022 – 2023

Green Choice Program Due Diligence and Bid Submission

2024

Power Purchase Agreement

2026 – 2027

Proposed Construction Period

2027-2028

Proposed Commercial Operation Date             

Project Location

      
Project Benefits               

A central focus of the project during development, construction, and operations is to ensure that as much local labour, services, and materials are used as possible. It is anticipated that if the project is built, it will create a number of direct and indirect benefits for various stakeholders and First Nations communities. The project will have a positive impact on local businesses and will result in employment opportunities in addition to tax revenue for municipal, provincial, and federal governments.

A share of project revenues will be used to support local community groups and underrepresented communities in the province. Additionally, over its 25-year lifetime, the Project will contribute, if built at maximum size, more than $38.5 million in tax revenues to its host municipality. That is an average of more than $1,540,000 per year.

With respect to the environment and climate change, the project is expected to significantly offset carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from Nova Scotia’s current electricity production and will produce enough power for up to 62,000 homes.