The East Bay Hills Wind Project is proposed on Crown Land located approximately 45 km south west of Sydney, Nova Scotia. The site is situated in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality in the East Bay Hills area above Route 4 near Big Pond on the east side of the Bras d’Or Lake. The project will consist of up to 31 wind turbines, which combined will have the capacity to generate up to 50 MW of clean renewable energy.
Through the acquisition of Cape Breton Hydro Inc. (CBHI), BluEarth has acquired the East Bay Hills Project. The East Bay Hills Wind Project includes only wind turbine generators and does not include a pumped storage hydro component that was proposed by the previous proponent.
Work on the project has been ongoing for a number of years, including wind resource analysis, environmental and cultural features assessments, public consultation, First Nations engagement and turbine siting.
Approvals from the Province of Nova Scotia, including Environmental Assessment Approval from the Nova Scotia Department of Environment, are required before construction can begin. CBHI is in the process of completing the required studies for the Environmental Assessment and anticipates completion of the EA in 2013. Permits from the Cape Breton Regional Municipality are also required.